Today: vernissage ‘op & af’ ( http: ) at 2pm in Vollezele. Yesterday: final installation of the little chapel for the miners in the old willow and, opposite it, the bench for contemplation, reading, or listening to the Asturian minerssong Santa Barbara bendita.

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uitnodiging, invitation


Invitation to the artwalk in Vollezele from 15.08 – 03.09. 2017. My little contribution to this walk made me think a lot about the tough work in the mines. I invite you all to tell what you know about this job in the past and today. You can add it in a reaction on the blog or send it to me:

Uitnodiging voor de kunstwandeling in Vollezele van 15.08 – 03.09.2017. Mijn kleine bijdrage aan deze wandeling heeft me veel doen nadenken over het zware werk in de mijnen, vroeger en nu. Ik nodig iedereen die daar iets over te vertellen heeft uit, om dat toe te voegen aan deze blog in een reactie, of het mij per email toe te sturen:

Invitation pour un parcours d’artistes à Vollezele du 15.08 – 03.09.2017. Ma petite contribution à ce parcours m’a fait penser beaucoup sur la vie des mineurs et leurs conditions de travail, dans le passé et aujourd’hui.  Si vous avez des choses à raconter à ce sujet, je vous invite de me les envoyer, soit comme réaction sur ce blog, soit par email à mon adresse:

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plastic field


Plastic is still all around everywhere. Funny, when we arrive this morning on the place where I am supposed to make an artwork for a collective project this summer, the field has turned into a plastic field. Was Christo here before me, with Daniel Buren may be? Or is it an agricultural method to speed up the growing of the maize?

Anyway, seeing all this plastic motivates me to re-open artPLASTIEKfabrique and pick up the needles to knit some plastic away….

As I choose an old tree to place the plastic knitting in, the first thing to do when we get there and measure the shape. With a little help of my man, it is an easy thing to do, and nice to too.

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Our first visit was in November 2016, when we walked the route with the organisers of the project and all the participating artists. During the walk, I was telling a colleague about the little chapel in nearby Tollembeek, dedicated to Barbara, protectrice of the miners.  I spotted it a week ago and when I saw it, the Asturian miners song : ‘Santa Barbara bendita, trai, la la la la lai la la’, began to sing in my head. The funny coincidence is that, while telling this, I see in a tree the shape of a little chapel. That is where the idea of a Barbara chapel in this tree is born and a long story on this blog has started …

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When we come back to measure in April 2017,  it is a bit of a shock to see that part of the natural structure of the chapel is missing and that ‘the foundation’ is gone… Some restoration will be needed. We’ll see how…

Besides of the knitting I have the intention to add some research to the project. Research about Barbara, but also about the song, the life of miners and miners families, in Belgium, but also worldwide. In the past and today….

Here is a version of the song by the choir Coro Minero de Turon :

sprouts 2

Three tricot-trotteuses went back to the canal on Friday 22 juin in order to discuss and execute some re-arrangements. First time in the morning and then, after discussion, we went back again in the afternoon. It was a tough day, very windy and with a heavy rain at the end. But the whole thing looked better in our eyes. Other changes will come with time as toxic trash keeps growing…



The biggest job so far was accomplished by Tricot trottoir last thirsday 14.06.  We finally went to the place we once were invited to en put the ‘toxic sprouts’. It was a bit tricky down there, but it is certainly a place where all kinds of dirty things can mushroom easily. We hope our work will be understood and respected and that the boats passing by will appreciate it. Within short time we will be back to modify it a little as a few parts need correction.

As soon as the film is ready, you will find the link to it here. As for now we join some pictures.

The action was concluded with a (recorded) declaration & a few beers.



The toxic sprouts we put on the bridge over the canal in Clabecq almost 2 weeks  ago now are still in place. Many people notice it, although it looks quit small from far. It confirms our idea that a work does not have to be big to have an impact and that it is worth to keep it small. With our handmade slow art we find ourselves at the opposite of the big, bigger, biggest (sponsored) art projects initiated by city marketeers a.o.  On the other hand in our approach many hands can make our projects grow and so the sprouts can mushroom on many places.

This summer I want to walk alongside the canal from Clabecq to Charleroi and work with what I find on my way. Talking to people I meet I will seek collaboration and share the decision making about interventions of this kind in the common space.


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ArtPLASTIEKfabrique & tricot trottoir will continue the production of the toxic ‘choux de poubelles’ during the year 2012. As soon as the weather is better we will assemble them and place them alongside the canal Bruxelles-Charleroi, at certain places where plastic pollution is high. At this moment several groups are involved in the sprout production, but we are still looking for local partnerships and collaborations for the installation of the stuff. The toxic sprout can be assembled and placed as if they were parasites growing around the poles of a bridge or anything like that, or they can as a creeper overgrow a big pile of plastic trash, fished from the canal. The picture above shows a first test in that direction, with some sprouts attached on an abandoned household object.


Cinema Nova is a well known alternative cinema in Brussels. For its tens anniversary in February 2012 Tricot trottoir decided to make something for them. We don’ know yet what it is going to be, but we like to explore this material and find out in which way it can be transformed into something interesting by knitting, crocheting, weaving, etc. Micro Marché will host the novaknitting as a work in progress. Lieve, Barbara and An organised a number of special worksessions together. During the monthly tricot trottoir meeting this Friday 2 December it is to be continued.

In the same time we wil continue the other project : les choux the poubelles , which took a real good start in a workshop in Les Marolles on 15 November. A mixed group of 25 women crocheted in a few hours 2 meters of this funny vegetable. They will soon meet again in order to decide about the right place for it to be installed.

Another group that has produced many dirty sprouts already is a group of neighbours in La Grande Cense in Clabecq. Some day in december they will install their works close to the canal Bruxelles – Charleroi.

Welcome to join us from 16-18 hrs in Micro Marché tomorrow.


big bag

A big bag full of plastic trash is passing by while we are busy with ‘HAAK’, a crochet installation for Museum M in Leuven. The bag contains only the packing of a few new chairs for the Midsummerfestival which is to be held this weekend in the garden. It sets our our symbolic recycle activity into perspective: still a lot of work to do …..

‘HAAK’ is a work in plastic trash (crocheted out of hundreds of plastic bags), made on the demand of the Midsummerfestival and Museum M. It will stay in the courtyard untill the end of August 2011 and can be visited during opening hours.

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How do you like this balaclava? Like every streetknitter wanting to join tricot trottoir (TT) we asked Barbara to create her own cagoule. She did it quickly and made something flashy and fashionable, but perfectly combinable with wooden shoes or other traditional outfits…

Barbara joined the gang since the last TT meeting in Juin, as always on the first friday of the month in Micro Marché. She wondered if we could do something to defend the trees next to Thurn&Taxis as they are threatened to be cut soon. We decided to wait what the local defence comittee decides and see from there if something can be contributed by tricot trottoir. In the mean time we continue with ‘coral canal’ both in Brussels and Clabecq, hoping to get an answer soon from the international Crochetcoralreefnetwork and from platform canal in Molembeek.


This saterday 25 juin 13-15 p.m.: installation of a flower tapestry on the big gates of St Lucas, Groenstraat Schaarbeek. Welcome!

Friday July 1 16-18 p.m.: tricot trottoirs monthly meeting in Micro Marché. Interested? Bring plastic bags and crochet or knitting needles.