Margaret Atwood's Great Auk

:: via the Montreal Gazette ::

She’s arguably Canada’s greatest writer, but novelist Margaret Atwood has taken an unexpected public foray into a new artistic genre — knitting — as her woollen representation of an extinct great auk is set to be one of the showcase works at a unique, multimedia art exhibition opening next week in Britain.

The show, titled Ghosts of Gone Birds, calls attention to the tragic loss of scores of avian species in recent centuries and the looming threat to global bird populations today.

Atwood’s stitched contribution to the upcoming exhibit at a London gallery will be displayed alongside scores of paintings, sculptures and other depictions of vanished bird species — including the dodo, passenger pigeon and Hawaiian crow — by prominent artists, musicians, writers and other celebrities.

Read the full story at the Montreal Gazette.

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Danielle Holke is a long-time knitter, first taught by her beloved grandmother as a young girl growing up in Canada. In 2008 she launched KnitHacker, a lively blog and knitting community which has since grown to be a popular presence in contemporary knitting culture, reaching more than a million readers each year. As a marketing professional, Danielle advises and works with a motley squad of artists, yarn bombers, film makers, pattern designers, yarn companies and more.

Learn more about her latest book, Knits & Pieces: A Knitting Miscellany.

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