ORGAN THING: Yarnbombing, the world’s oldest street artist Grace Brett, Organ policy, shouty girl’s art show and the act of just making and doing…


“What the hells going on?, You haven’t covered many art shows recently!” Said someone who wasn’t too happy that we hadn’t been to her show, (actually we did go), and yes I know how frustrating it is trying to get a peep out of the art media, the piss-poor attitude of the so-called London art media is one of the reason’s why Organ still functions, I like to think we do bother to actually get out there and cover what is actually going on a little more than the others do.  We did another of those five recommended art things pieces a few days back, and yes it is true that we haven’t actually reviewed an art show just over for over a week now, but we are out at shows all the time, we did visit another four underwhelming shows last Sunday afternoon,  went to a group show featuring the work of current students at one of the highly respected London art schools expecting to be excited by at least one thing in there, we really weren’t.  We were out at shows on last Thursday evening and again on Friday (didn’t go anywhere near a gallery or a piece of art or an art related event on Saturday, we do most days). So yes, we did go to  shouty girl’s show as well and we do feel her frustration, but here’s the rub, we really didn’t think that much of the show and policy around here is to only really write about a show or an exhibition (or a band or a gig or anything else) when we really do have something positive to say about that show. Now and again we might come across something that can’t be ignored, like the embarrassment of those railway tracks at Moniker or the arrogance of Sluice this year with those Hackney railway arch takeovers that left a very bad taste with quite a few people around these parts, but on the whole, if we go to a show and we don’t have something positive to say then we generally don’t say anything, I’m sorry shouty girl, we did come to your show, we go to lots of shows we just don’t cover because we really don’t have anything that positive to say about them, it is a dilemma.

The point here is that we’re posting an Organ Thing of The Day,  a thing we recommend or think you might like to check out or go to or explore, or maybe just something that will hopefully make you smile, I do hope this photo of Grace Brett is for real, it passed our way via the WomansArt twitter feed

“104-year-old great-grandmother Grace Brett just might be the oldest street artist in the world. She yarn-bombed her town with the help of the Souter Stormers, a secretive group of ‘yarnstormers’ that recently yarn-bombed 46 landmarks in the Scottish county of Borders”.



“Grace Brett is a member of a secret band of guerilla Crocheters, who have bedecked their town in artful crochets. Called the Souter Stormers, the group hit various landmarks in Selkirk, Borders, with their yarn work last week, following hours of preparation. Members of the yarn bombing team are mainly over 60, but Grace – the oldest – has lived over a century”


Never sure where someone claims to have started a movement when it has already been happening for years before, see the Free Art Friday thing for example, I first came accross “yarnbombing” back in the last century, but hey, some of what Magda Sayeg is saying here in this video applies to most forms of street art and just doing things, making things, creating thing…


“Textile artist Magda Sayeg transforms urban landscapes into her own playground by decorating everyday objects with colorful knit and crochet works. These warm, fuzzy “yarn bombs” started small, with stop sign poles and fire hydrants in Sayeg’s hometown, but soon people found a connection to the craft and spread it across the world. “We all live in this fast-paced, digital world, but we still crave and desire something that’s relatable,” Sayeg says. “Hidden power can be found in the most unassuming places, and we all possess skills that are just waiting to be discovered.” TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design — plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more”.


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