Can you work wonders with textiles? Do you knit and crochet every minute of the day? Is your house filled with wool?
CoNZealand is taking place across several venues, with a maximum 10 minute walk between them. We would like to make the journey fun and interesting, as well as making the route clear for people who aren’t familiar with the city.
Previous Worldcons have often included craft projects for members to get involved in. These have either involved preparing items in advance to display at the event (eg the pigeons at Loncon3 https://raksuracolonytree.home.blog/2019/09/25/the-loncon-3-pigeons/) or creating a communal piece of work during the event (such as the Raksura Tree at Dublin2019 https://raksuracolonytree.home.blog/home/).
Yarnbombing is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk. CoNZealand crew have been inspired by the fact there are already several pieces of wonderful yarnbomb works around the centre of Wellington, which have been created by crafty locals.
How can I get involved?
You can get involved with yarnbomb@CoNZealand in two ways.
Start work now on one or more items to bring to CoNZealand. These will be used to decorate the paths between our venues, to help make the walkways more attractive and fun.
We will be providing information here and on our Ravelry page about the places you will be able to display your work. Options include bollards, lamp posts, gates and pillars.
You will be welcome to join us at CoNZealand and spend as much or as little time as you like in either creating entirely new pieces from scratch, or completing/embellishing work you have brought with you.
We are hoping to display the finished pieces at the entranceway to the TSB Arena, so members will be able to see it extending each day.
We will be setting up a page on Ravelry – watch this space for more information. You can also find us on social media:
Twitter (to come)
Instagram (to come)
CoNZealand’s overarching theme is of a “steampunk spaceship to the stars”, and you are encouraged to consider making pieces that reflect this. You may also wish to make pieces that reflect your personal fandom.
We would also like this project to be a celebration of New Zealand, and of Wellington, as a way to welcome our international visitors to our great little city. Pieces which incorporate Maori/Pasifika designs and/or classic Kiwiana (for example) would also therefore be welcomed.
Supplies and materials
We will be talking to local craft shops to gather supplies of yarn, needles etc, but if you are able to bring anything with you to add to the pile, that would be much appreciated!
If you have any contacts with local suppliers who might be able to help us, please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org