We’ve been stitched up! Artists show off their world of wool

Knitted 13/02/01 (SM)''Katrina Henderson of the Art Stop Cafe with the set of knitted furniture which has been made to highlight the plight of the homeless. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (120529-2)
Knitted 13/02/01 (SM)''Katrina Henderson of the Art Stop Cafe with the set of knitted furniture which has been made to highlight the plight of the homeless. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (120529-2)
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WHERE there’s wool there’s a way, as these artists have proved with their colourful knitted living room.

Members of the Knit Pompey group stitched tables, chairs and even food to create an eye-catching display.

And they have taken their work out on the road – even temporarily setting it up at a bus stop.

But behind the wacky approach is a serious message – members say the ‘urban knitting’ project is designed to make passers-by think about the plight of the homeless.

Katrina Henderson, one of the founders of Knit Pompey, came up with the idea.

The 29-year-old, of Warren Crescent, Somers Town, said: ‘We had been making a lot of covers for trees and other similar things to make the place look pretty, but we wanted to make something with a meaning behind it.

‘Urban knitting catches people’s attention because it is so bright and unusual, so we thought it would be a good way to highlight modern day issues. The cost of living has gone up so much recently and homelessness is a big problem.

‘We wanted people to think about that and by doing it through art we could take on the subject in a subtle way.’

The knitting works are on display at the Art Stop Cafe, inside Eastney Community Centre in Bransbury Road.

But they will be back on the streets in various locations throughout the coming months, including Guildhall Square and the arches in the Hot Walls, Old Portsmouth.

The group’s co-founder Joanna Malec, 31, of Fawcett Road, Southsea, said: ‘We got a great reaction when we set up the bus stop living room, lots of people were coming up to us to share their views.

‘We handed out comment cards and every one that came back was really positive.’

Knit Pompey will host an exhibition at Eastney Community Centre from March 2, which will feature pieces created by the group.