The Bristol crocodile has been breeding, the river is overflowing, the landscape is flourishing and there is a woolly whale in Millennium Square – Briswool is back!
Briswool is an intricately crocheted and knitted model of Bristol featuring iconic landmarks, local celebrities and the West Country sense of humour.
The model will be on display at M Shed from Saturday 14th May until Sunday 12th June and will be free to see. Led by artist Vicky Harrison from Paper Village in Bedminster, the model has been created in small sections by dozens of volunteers.
Landmarks including the Clifton Suspension Bridge, St Mary Redcliffe and the M Shed cranes appear in knitted form while Gromit takes a ride on a woollen ferry and balloons float overhead.
Vicky Harrison, said:
“Briswool is not about impressive buildings or even the history of Bristol. Volunteers have chosen to stitch locations or objects that mean something to them personally or were a challenge to make. It is a breath-taking scene that charms the eye with colour and texture.”
The model is made from a variety of yarn and sits on a base of thin cushions filled with polystyrene balls arranged to create contours.
The Briswool skyline includes Cabot Tower, Wills Memorial Building, Bristol Cathedral and the high-rise flats in Barton Hill. To give it a realistic touch, traffic can be seen weaving through the city centre. Two separate models of Gloucester Road and Netham Park will also feature in the exhibition.
Laura Pye, Head of Culture at Bristol City Council, explains:
“Briswool embraces everything that’s great about our city and it’s a fantastic example of a community coming together to create a very unique piece of art. The model has grown considerably since the last time it was displayed at M Shed and remains a truly original and quirky depiction of Bristol.”
A programme of workshops will take place at M Shed for people to learn or improve their knitting and crochet skills. The exhibition also features an area for people to sit and knit while being inspired by Briswool. Entry into the exhibition is ‘Pay What You Think.’
The month long display will culminate in a yarnstorming event on Sunday 12th June to celebrate M Shed’s fifth birthday. Children and adults are invited to make a pennant which will be added to a bunting trail outside the museum.
Please see the Bristol Mum What’s On page for details of all the Briswool events planned!