I can’t even believe there are two movies with wound-up characters like these. This one won a British Animation Award recently, and the jury citation says: “A perfect combination of music, lyrics and medium, using something so simple to such striking effect and emotional impact: a truly inspiring winner . . .” Deceptively moving, fair warning. And this sent me into a deep dive into the beloved band James, whose song is featured.
If you’re jonesing for more wool-based animation, here’s a good roundup.
Meanwhile, A Film
Making the rounds of film festivals this spring is Yarn, a film by Icelandic filmmaker Una Lorenzen that follows four artists who use yarn as their medium. Here’s the trailer—it’s not in general release, though there are a number of screenings around the country coming up this summer.
The narration is by Barbara Kingsolver, from her exquisite essay in Knitting Yarns, “Where to Begin.” I’d watch this if only to hear her read that essay. Apparently Yarn explores the relationship between craft and art, which is one of those eternal debates that makes me itchy, or tired frankly. I don’t believe that either label captures what goes on with knitting. For me, knitting inhabits that lovely, vast gray area between craft and art. It’s both; it’s neither. Sometimes a dishcloth is just a dishcloth. Sometimes a sweater is actually an elaborate color study.