Finally, a Place for Your UFOs

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Artist Kristina Wong uses unfinished projects to represent the unravelling of women in her performance.

Artist Kristina Wong uses unfinished projects to represent the unravelling of women in her performance.

Photo: divine-eye.com

Artist Kristina Wong has put out the call for knitters and crocheters to send in an unfinished project (one you know you'll never finish—no remorse!) for her latest performance, "Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."

In her words:

Why unfinished projects? "Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" explores the sky-high rates of mental illness and suicide among Asian Pacific Islander American Women. APIA women have the highest rates of suicide in the country in a statistic that seems to be widely unpublicized and often disregarded. The unfinished projects collection represents women's work, incomplete intentions, "spinning a yarn," and loneliness. During the show, Kristina uses the projects to represent "unravelling" women and even unravels some of them on stage. These knitted and crocheted pieces may also be displayed as part of an art installation later in the run.

There's not a lot of time left—the deadline is September 15, but it should still get there if you use priority mail. Visit the Crochet Me blog for more information and the mailing address.

Please note that your projects won't be returned (that's a good thing—get them out of your space!), but you will be credited in the program if you give your name. If you are near Santa Monica and are interested in seeing the show, click here to purchase tickets. Check out Wong's website for upcoming shows near you (click "upcoming events").

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Comments (2)

Jen1964 writes: I know it's not a lot of fun to bite the bullet when something isn't coming together, but I consider it a sort of purging (and therapeutic) to rip it out myself. Next part is the important part: it's relegated to the crazy projects stash- idea being, I can now use it freely, any way I want, without guilt. Try some new stitches, Do granny square afghans or ripple ones or just grab it for patchwork knitting of any kind. Teach someone with it, or donate it to a school or girl scout troop if you really want to. Let it have a new life. (The first one didn't fit the yarn's personality or yours, or it'd be done by now.) When my son was little, he liked playing with the yarn (until it was one big tangle). My daughter actually wanted to make things with it. No matter how it's used, the goal is to make someone happy, right? No guilt allowed! Have fun. -jen
Posted: 10:24 am on September 16th
kmd811 writes: Oh no! I am too late and I had a crocheted blanket that is a UFO! I just found this article!
Posted: 7:52 pm on September 15th
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