From 2010 untill 2015 Tricot trottoirs gangmembers met every month in Micro Marché, 9 Quai à la Houille, 1000 BRUSSELS . The only condition for membership was the knitting of a balaklava.
During the summer we took a long break, but by the end of 2009 we decided with 5 of the most active streetknitters that we wanted to go on with the project, as it seemed to make sense and fun. So we became a gang. Since February 2010 we meet every month in an open space like a café, where other interested people can easily join in. We have 8 members now and all of us can introduce a project. The project will be executed if other members like it enough to do it. The first thing we knitted in 2010 was the mask that we intend to put over our heads as we go out to install our stuff in the streets.
How it started:
Tricot trottoir was launched in 2009, as a workshop during a 3 month exhibition of ‘artplastiekfabrique’. The idea was to collect the roaming plastic from the streets, to transform it and bring it back into the public space. The challenge: find an object in the urban environment that you would like to transform by means of a knitting. About 100 people participated in the weekly workshops and placed some of their works in the street. The knittings (and broderies) were photographed and filmed, to be represented in the exhibition during the last month.(see page film).
The last knitting of 2009 was the initiative of a woman who was involved in the solidarity with political refugees, who went on a hungerstrike as a last desperate means for the legalisation of their stay. She encouraged the women in the church to participate in the knitting and together they knitted a banner with the word REGULARISATION. The banner was placed in front of the municipality buildings and stayed for almost 3 weeks in place.