Who took guerrilla out of guerrilla. Yarn art loves Corporate Sleaze soon to hit Hartford.*

Posted: May 13, 2013 in HIGH queer art, In Remembrance, OH YEAH!!!, Real Food For Thought


Will the real punkpink please sit down.

Old punkpink has been up to it again. Well what can anyone expect? Punkpink explores guerrilla knit art and corporate sleaze in a new piece, Who Took the Guerrilla out of Guerrilla. Yarn Art Loves Corporate Sleaze. Now everyone knows that dear old pink loves art and art loves pink a lot. To anyone whose feathers are ruffled, horse got scared and ran away, we say, good.

The News Release:

Aetna Arts Week May 19-24, 2013

Join us for a week long celebration of the arts in and around the capital city. From theater and dance to music, literature, classic and cutting edge visual art, there’s something for everyone to love. So get out and pARTicipate in the arts in our community with free and low-cost events sure to get your ART beating-all thanks to your generous donations towards the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign.

Who Took Guerrilla out of guerrilla? Yarn Art loves Corporate Sleaze Soon To Hit Hartford.

By punkpink

The knitters are coming, the knitters are coming, oh thanks be to Aetna for loving guerilla art so much.

What caught my eyes within this news release was a page titled, Knit-Hit Hartford which had this to say.

Explore Knit-Hit Hartford

Guerilla knitters storm Greater Hartford! Waltz through downtown Hartford to see its trees, statures and other common sites enlivened with artistic, homemade yarn creations. (we are so glad that these creations are artistic and homemade.)

Yeap, after they storm through we will waltz through. So yes I got something to say as waltzing isn’t my bag.

Definition of GUERRILLA

: of, relating to, or suggestive of guerrillas especially in being aggressive, radical, or unconventional

but of course these knitters only use one r so maybe they are not guerrilla at all. I punkpink do testify that if Aetna is sponsoring this and the art sites are going to be in predetermined sites by some type of leaders then it can’t be and it isn’t guerrilla art at all. How in the world could a big sleazy company like Aetna be radical or unconventional. Yes, they are aggressive as any capitalist pig can be we all know that as the people have been on many occasions howling at their doors in protest which brings up another question, How can anyone who claims to be an artist cozy up to the 1% corporate sleaze. Are these folks so needy that they are willing to make art with the likes of these?  Has the message of the 1% been lost? “Goddess,” said May Day, “and these folks claim to be artists!” “Give me the guerrilla army of Ho Chi Minh or the EGP any day!”

So let’s check out the places where the artists are going to make art. Wonder wonder little stars will they do their deed under cover of darkness or if getting ready for such a big job means in the day light then maybe wearing a bag over their heads. If that is the case and guerrilla art has come out from the dark and into the day and now is being held in the arms of Corporate, arts councils with the blessing of the city of Hartford I cry for its death.

05-10-2013 04;41;45PM(see notes)

You know I hate it now-a-days as folks go about destroying the very most basic ideas of a revolutionary nature. One: gurellia art is just that. It isn’t ordained by capitalist bull crappers and it isn’t predetermined by them. We hate it when, what many of us,  over thousands of years have held so dear, to be take up by little pigglets who want to be big and in the process destroy the idea. Now we are not talking here about destroying the messed up old world and building a new world.   These yarn folks working hand in hand with Aetna decorating spaces that the man has ok’ed is  taking what isn’t theirs destroying a tradition that is very fluxus (real guerrilla art) and arting all over the place, thinking they got something.

Burn the Knit Hit down would be the cry in many places! But here in this little provincial city we are nice as nice can be, as nice as grandma’s scarfs and hats and her delicious homemade apple pie. It’s such a small town and a small group and everyone loves everyone here that we don’t or shouldn’t want to upset the apple cart or scare the horses too too much. We especially don’t want to make an artist cry. Big Moe told Emma and Emma told us, “Come on child these artists  just want to be accepted, loved and told yes dear artists you are making nice art and you have finally made it to the big time.” Why, even a corporate sleaze sponsor and the Hartford Arts Council are behind you. We bow down and give you a big bow wow. Of course one has to take into consideration that everyone will be ga gaing over the knitted this and that all covered up and colorful and clapping their hands and saying, art. Its a win win situation, everyone is happy and the facts are distorted, the statues,fences, trees are warm, and the bourgeoisie are lovers of art once again.

Now don’t get me wrong. I love knit art or yarn bombing to be more precise. Of course if one works with Aetna one can not have this as a headline–

“Guerilla yarn bombers storm Greater Hartford!”

Just think of it, HELP HELP some guerrilla army is on the loose and is going to do some damage and with the times like this we don’t want anyone calling the cops and saying, ” There is this funny looking yarn bomb up in tree, E I E I O HELP!!! get here fast we think that it is going to blow. You know how folks are now-a days always wanting some action unless the action is blowing up a storm  right next to them. (see notes)

So what can a punkpink do? Well now said old Furbird, ” Maybe cut up all your old knitted sweaters and bring them around and tie some here and there. It sure would be funny if folks joined the little game of taking pictures of  of 3 undisclosed locations and took pictures of your creations.” Here you go, just a start if they see red they will know its you.


You who know yea old punkpink know better than that. Why just last fall, when leaves were beginning to fall I took all my nice sweaters that I had grown out of and brought them up to the Salvation Army on New Park. Let someone else have them to warm themselves. Cut them up no way. Give the out yes yes. No art but the art of warming someone else. That’s enough art  of  knitted for me as I certainly don’t have time to cut up and rearrange my old sweaters into some new creation. So can that idea Miss Furbird and get a job.


CALLING>>> all true guerrilla yarn bombers get to it, go out and yarn bomb the storming knitters with real deal guerrilla art, not sanctioned or predetermined by corporate sleaze or any arts council, but by you the artist of, for and by the real deal.

But every good idea does not art make as we hear the yarn bomb committee here in Hartford are bagged in bed with Aetna and ideas that we dread. Too Bad.

So as some who say, “I am artist,” and go about cozying up with corporate sleaze bag Aetna lets remember a few words from our stories:

Aetna is a death panel! Abolish Wealth Care! Down with Corporate Sleaze 1% making money on denying! We heard those cry’s not too long ago.

Aetna provided the business lobbying group U.S. Chamber of Commerce with $86.2 million to oppose the health reform law, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

 If the leadership at Aetna truly believes in reforming our broken system, they can put a hold on the denials.  They have the ability to provide quality, affordable healthcare for almost everyone.  They also have the ability to reap profits from a system that kills 18,000 Americans every year.  So far, their choice is making us sick.

Remember knitters your granny is no longer knitting and the money that Aetna is using to sponsor you is the money it saved on letting her die.

Aetna’s success depends on one denial at a time.

Former Aetna CEO Ronald A. Williams was compensated $72 million in 2010, his last year on the job, including $14.3 million in stocks that vest later and depend on performance.

The $72 million figure could reignite controversy over executive pay at health insurers at a time when the insurers are working to reduce health care costs. We Hope!!

We love art and art loves us!

Now please don’t get us wrong. We love yarn bombing very much just as we love all art out in the street. For years a way back in the day when we roamed the Lower East Side, way before street art was called that, back in the day when we had no place to rest our head let alone pick up a paint brush, or such we did street art. Things for others to see and find. A pile of rocks moved from one place to another,  things wrapped with whatever bits we could find, things out in the street, a collage, a poster. Why one dear heart use to come out early on garbage day and move ones persons trash down the street to another persons sidewalk just for the art of it. Yes we believed that the world was our studio, gallery and museum with our lives we painted the new day. Yeah, don’t get us wrong for in fact we collected 2 large bags of some very good yarn once and gave it to the yarn bombers around this part of the woods. Why we love yarn bombing so much, that yea old furbird once suggested to the yarn bombing girls around here that they also make some nice hats for the homeless  folks that lived in the shelters. “Just think,” Furbrid said, “your yarn bombs would become mobile then and move all about the city. The children would squeal with joy at getting a fancy new creation and all the warming would be real and not look like some old cold statue of some white man was now warm.” But alas one can not push artists to do what we would like, but some of the great ones did indeed received from others. We know that as no one has ever got us to jump up, roll over and play alive.

So during Arts Week we will take our map and go out and take a look but we can not for the life of all of those who have been denied medical benefits by Aetna give a hardy applause. We can not for the life of us cheer on predetermined art sites as guerrilla art.  But if we find any true yarn bombers art works amongst the corporate sleaze we will shout it out to the hills and skies, all the oceans deep will hear us, around and around it will go a big hearty Ra Ra for the folks who put the guerrilla back into guerrilla art.


The little squares on the map or yarn icons. This is where you will find the yarn art. The other 3 sites are hidden somewhere but clues will be given out during the week according to the arts council.

Yes, you gotta be real careful now-a-days with overly zealous cops out to make trouble and many folks just looking to see something and then say something. Case in point is comrade Takeshi Miyakawa whose lit lantern I Love New York bags were taken for a bomb and he was arrested.

Mr. Miyakawa was charged with reckless endangerment and placing “a false bomb or hazardous substance,” among other charges. He was arraigned in court in Brooklyn  his lawyer, Deborah J. Blum, said. The artist intended it to be a display of his love for the city: white plastic bags stamped with the “I ♥ NY” logo lighted from within and glowing moonlike from lampposts and trees in Brooklyn and beyond. Almost immediately, the installation attracted attention, though probably not the kind the artist, Takeshi Miyakawa, expected.

Takeshi Miyakawa, the 50-year-old Tokyo-born artist, was arrested at 2 a.m. in Brooklyn while he was hanging one of the bags from a tree, according to his website. The NYPD bomb squad was alerted after a passerby noticed one of Miyakawa’s installations on Friday morning and called to report “a suspicious package attached to a tree.”

Police cleared the area for two hours, according to the Daily News. They later observed Miyakawa on top of a ladder with “an assembly consisting of a plastic box containing wires which was connected by a wire to a plastic bag containing a battery suspended from a metal rod.”

The installation project was intended to be part of NY Design Week 2012.

So yeah, be real careful, don’t even say the word as someone may start to get all excited, or all sad over what bombs away can do, weepy over Boston but dried eyed over Pakistan.

*punkpink has been doing real guerrilla art for many many years. punkpink loves street fighting art, kicking tear gas containers back to the police, broken bank windows, smashing capitalism, chanting in the streets, protest music and all around anarchy. punkpink also likes to write about art, politicks, queer liberation and anything that may tickles punkpinks fancy. punkpink only comes out every once in awhile to lend us an essay.

The above essay is published as food for thought. It is not intended to damn to tarnation the art works that result from the needles of these yarn artists. 

  1. Hank says:

    OOOOOOOOOOOOH punkpink you did it again! Never ever sit down unless you are tired and we need your voice to stand up and out. “How can anyone who claims to be an artist cozy up to the 1% corporate sleaze.” How indeed. I don’t think that they can. This is a big problem within the art world, wanting to make it so bad that the artist doesn’t care who they fuck. Back in the day we had a backbone-never excepting $ from UTC, never showing with Phillip Morris as a sponsor, not only back bone but willing to put ourselves on the line. I am sure there will be all sorts of excuses going around about this article but the truth be told and what Punkpink has written is it.

    There is a lot more to this than meets the eye or these words. Warming, lets think about warming and what does knitted feel like to us? Where should knitted be? Perhaps a few homeless folks should grab these creations as their very own blankets or covers as the nights are chilly in these parts. Just think art works keeping Joe or Mary warm out under the bridge. Now that would be art to the fullest. Punkpink thanks for going where you go with this but remember to thank the knitters too for giving you a shove to come out and write an essay.

    • furbirdsqueerly says:

      Yeah yeah yeah Hank. Thanks to the knitters for giving me a shove to write this article. One idea always pushes another just as one line invents another. Gotta say i went down and took a look around and thought that the scarfs that look like they are out to dry around the Old State House would be nice around a neck or feet. Maybe little wa wa could use some of the bigger pieces for a nice blanket. Got to say that some of the pieces are very handsome out on that fence. Got to go up the street from here as i think I saw a stray one on the art pole corner of Laurel and Park. Will see. My camera is not working so I can’t take a picture of it. HELP!!

      • Hank says:

        You old birds
        You better get new glasses. That isn’t some stray yarn art on the corner its some other type of art that tells people to push the button for the cross light. Get your seeing queer as I walked all the way from the other end of Hamilton St. just to take a look.

  2. […] There was the question of how artistic integrity could be maintained when art has corporate sponsorship. […]

    • Yes exp. when it claims to be guerrilla art, art of the street or anti art. This type of art reaches a all time low when it plays kiss kiss with the corporate 1% and very quickly becomes one with what we would consider the enemy of the people of this planet.

  3. Vivi de la Laine says:

    “*punkpink has been doing real guerrilla art for many many years.” yeah, that’s all well and good, but how many times have you done it in Hartford? Part of our purpose is to show that Hartford is a great place to be; not just a place where you do your 9-5 and haul ass out of at the end of the day. Our group has put out a message that anyone can join us, we teach knitting and crocheting to anyone who wants to learn. I have seen very, very few people take us up on this offer.

    Then, when we participate in an event like this one, everyone has the answer as to how we should have handled it. We were invited by the Greater Hartford Arts Council, not Aetna, and we were paid nothing to do it. We have also done charity work, and knitted things for the homeless. I guess you wouldn’t know that, because you haven’t come to any of our meetings.

    Those who can, do. Those who can’t get on the Internet and tell those who do how they are doing it wrong.

  4. indexshrugged says:

    I’m all for free speech and the right to one’s own opinion, even ones that differ from my own. That said, I, like Vivi are long time creators and am more than familiar with Hartford’s goings on. I never heard of punkpink, nor recall aetna or any corporate entity asking any of these knitting groups to exhibit. You say you come out to ‘write an essay’ every so often? It sounds like a poorly written blabber blog, internet trolling at its basest. Join these groups to see what we are about before hiding behind a screen and trying to tell us what we supposedly do wrong. As previously stated, all are welcome.

    • Let me ask one thing index, if you could recall punkpink then pink would not be doing a very good job of being a guerrilla artist. Get it. Probably not as you are not. We can not answer for punkpink as pink is now in the wilds up north learning to forge for food but as a member of this blog we offer you this.

      We will leave your comment up indexshrugged even if it adds nothing what-so-ever to our conversation. If only to prove one thing when shit is dished our way we can take it but a warning be very careful as we can really throw it back. But we want to be civilized here and try to get folks thinking about art in these times.

      Hey Hartford is a city and not all of us flow in the same stream. No one is hiding behind the internet screen. We use this blog to get the word out and to do some of our art. I am a very respectable member of the queer/anarchist circles, a founder of a queer radical group and founder of this blog. Many folks know furbirdsqueerly and myself and are on our mailing list. I don’t know who the hell you are either but went over to your site and can only say boring and with no creativity at all.

      So index how about this, this blog gets over one hundred hits a day from all over the world. When pink writes something for us the numbers jump way up. So I quess that there are many many folks who, like in your opinion a poorly written blabber blog. Can’t you be a bit more creative than that?

      Now I can not answer for punkpink, but for myself I wouldn’t be caught dead or alive in your knitting circle. I have to agree with some of your critics, the displays downtown were a very poor example of yarn art and not at all guerrilla art. So you folks took the guerrilla out of guerrilla art, I suppose now you will be calling yourselves anarchists.

      As far as Aetna not asking any of the knitting groups to exhibit in case you missed it the week was being advertised as Aetna Arts Week. They own your shit baby.

      Last but not least until you can grow up and can join in the conversation please keep off this blog.

      • Vivi

        Love your name but we are not here to play kiss, kiss but to get a real conversation going about guerrilla art, your art and what is your opinion on art especially art of these times. In your comment you have strayed away from the question of the hour that has caused over 260 people some from as far away as Indonesia to read punkpinks article. It easy for your little group to dismiss but let’s put some good hearty bites to eat in it.

        So where to begin? You or any of your knitting friends have not answered the question that is central to this posting. Can guerrilla art continue to be guerrilla art when under the embrace of a Corporation, arts council, or the state, (here meaning the man). And can guerrilla art exist when the sites for making this art have been pre-determined by the Arts Council? We did not come at this lightly, but thought about it even to the point of not wanting to hurt artists feelings but decided that our question must be asked. We did a bit of survey with some of our folks on our e-mail list and all agree, No what is happening downtown for Aetna Arts Week is not guerrilla art. As one of our comrades said, Aetna’s name was all over the week. Now you may think that Aetna is fine, well that is dandy, but as Furbird said then call yourself something else. We agree. Your art is under the umbrella of corporate sleaze. You have ceased to be guerrilla artist. Since you folks have taken the guerrilla our of guerrilla art as far as your art is concerned I really hope next you will not be calling yourself anarchists. Be real careful with that.

        So lets look at some of your questions.

        *punkpink has been doing real guerrilla art for many, many years.” Your question: yeah, that’s all well and good, but how many times have you done it in Hartford? Well, now a guerrilla artist doesn’t expose themselves to the public, what kind of guerrilla would they be then? I would have to ask you? Do you know what pinks art looks like? Do you know where to find pinks art? Do you know where to look? Did you happened upon it yesterday and because you have a very different tradition in art not even recognize it as such. Do you know how to see? Damn girl come on. Grow out. Pink told me once that anonymous action is my bag. You have heard of anonymous is an artist haven’t you? Yes pink remains an anonymous artist to most and a guerrilla to many others. Always on the look out while the great wheel is still in spin.

        “Hartford as a great place to be not just a place where you do your 9-5 and haul ass out of it at the end of the day.” My, my we have been fed that line for a thousand years, no only kidding we are not that old, but for many years, like 40 to be exact. You know that isn’t my problem. I live here I play here I have friends all over the city and am not afraid to walk anywhere after dark. I really don’t give one rats ass if the white suburbanites know that this city is lively, vibrant, and full of life. To tell the truth I don’t think that they care either.

        “We were invited by the GHAC not Aetna.” Well the last I knew it was called Aetna Arts Week. So Aetna’s name was all over it. Playing ignorant of that fact does not hold any water exp. when it was announced all over the place. Paid nothing to do it doesn’t let it off the hook.

        Your last line floored me and some of my comrades. “Those who can, do. Those who can’t get on the Internet and tell those who do how they are doing it wrong.” Gee, for how long as artists of all stripes been using the Internet? You can’t tell me that you don’t know that. Better you go back to your book of quotes.

        Now I can’t speak for all of the members of furbirdsqueerly but only for myself. Thanks for your invitation to your meetings and knitting circles but yarn and needles are not my bag. Don’t think that I do not respect the art as I do very well. In fact I really enjoyed the committees work in the Rose Garden of Elizabeth Park and other art that you have done. But no yarn and needles are not my bag if they were I would more than likely been in history past sitting with Madame Defarge, knitting and cheering at the guillotine.

        Sincerely Vivi we hope you will begin to see one interesting point that was brought up. If your committee used the words yarn bombers it would never fly. Why because of Aetna and the GHAC fear of a guerrilla army of yarn bombs hitting the city. So you even had to give up that very enjoyable part of your group.

        Again Vivi and your friend (indexshrugged with one big yawn.) Try to answer the questions that pink posed. Hopefully pink will be back in a couple of week, once out of the woods where pink has been eating grass, wild herbs, twigs , berries and whatever else one finds out there to help with this conversation as we have quite a bit of work to do in other avenues.

  5. Mary says:

    I love this: thanks for saying it as it should be said.

    “When art claims to be guerrilla art, art of the street or anti art, this type of art reaches an all time low when it plays kiss kiss with the corporate 1% and very quickly becomes one with what we would consider the enemy of the people of this planet. One can not have it both ways no matter how cute, groovy or radical the artist may think they are.”

  6. Kerri says:

    I find it ironic that there are accusations of people hiding behind a screen, all made by individuals using pseudonyms themselves. Really, ladies? Really?!

    I also find it interesting that people have continued to pick fights with me (in a bar, on social media) long after I have established that the questions posed on Real Hartford are ones that numerous readers have been asking me about last week’s public art. This continues long after I have said I don’t personally care one way or another, but if you must ask, I personally don’t find the yarn work to be of high quality. That, however, was not part of what was posted at Real Hartford, where I have steadily shown my willingness to attach my name and reputation to my writing. As for as quality goes, that’s not really a conversation worth having. That’s just personal taste. You are entitled to like or dislike something. So am I. Again, that opinion was not part of the article.

    In all of this, I have received press releases from the Greater Hartford Arts Council, all of which made it clear that this “Knit Hit” was part of Aetna Arts Week. Personally, when I am asked to contribute my art to something, I ask questions. “Who is involved? How much will I be paid? What will this be used to promote?” Perhaps this is age and experience speaking, but asking questions is important. Those with an activist background know this.

    I have not once received a press release from the knitters in question — not an invite to any of their “meetings,” nor an explanation of their art. Nothing. The only contact, actually, has been purely reactionary. (I use the term “press release” loosely. A simple email with basic information is all one expects anymore)

    There are professional ways to handle things. There are immature ways of handling things.

    In my experience, the professionals have been forthcoming with information. They have been warm and open. Some of these professionals have been scrappy, community-oriented types with a ramen budget. Others have been parts of major corporations. While the corporate world in general may leave a bad taste in my mouth, I have found my interactions with them to be generally positive when it comes to communication. In other words, no CEO has cornered me in a bar or has been relentlessly nasty. They understand that my job is to report. What I report will not always be positive for the organization. That’s the game and they get that. Understanding how that works, they are proactive in telling me their side of the story upfront, reaching out. They have the experience of anticipating questions and criticism; they find a way to massage their message. This does not mean they will get positive press out of the conversation, but everyone knows that simply reacting afterwards looks amateurish and desperate.

    We know that corporations hurt the many to benefit the few, but part of the reason why they are so successful in our country is because they have gotten those being stepped on to get on board. They don’t seek ways to alienate the masses. Credit where credit is due.

    My brand of anarchism is not about getting sloppy drunk and giving the finger to the man. It’s about believing that most people are inherently good and able to cooperate for the greater good. This requires, sometimes, shutting up and listening to what others are saying. It means humbling oneself.

    To bring this back, I merely posed questions that many in the community have been asking. It’s easy to berate the messengers of these questions, I get that. What I do on Real Hartford is *not* guerrilla work. I’m in the public and willing to be. But the questions are coming from diverse (in terms of racial/ethnic identity, sexual identity, and income level) members of the Hartford community. At the least, they deserve to have their concerns listened to and questions answered in a non-assholish way.

  7. furbirdsqueerly says:

    Thank you Kerri for this comment. We are sorry that you have to be confronted by these wounded birds but you are handling it very beautifully. I find it very odd that not very many folks even some of the comments in response to the Spun Art article want to engage in the question, Does Guerrilla Art cease to be Guerrilla art when it is sponsored by a corporation, the art council or under the hand of the state? I was really hoping that some of the excellent voices that spoke on your blog would take up the question but we all got caught up in knitting for the homeless or Hartford art of the past. Of course most of us would agree that the art brought to us by sidewalk was not guerrilla art in any sense of the word even for those times. Some could and some did an would debate whether it was really all that great or just a reflection of the culture and a thumbing of noses by pranksters.

    By publishing punkpinks piece we had hoped that a conversion would spring up about the many questions that were presented instead this blog and pink were attacked by two of the knitters who really had nothing to say. We hate it when folks say come join our group or you can’t speak up. Hell I have been speaking up for more years then their fingers have been holding their yarn and will continue to do so.

    No pink may not be one of the best writers around but at least when pink writes it is written for everyone’s understanding. It is not based in singing to the choir or academic long winded bull shit. It is based in the language of the people and that is why pink is popular as a tell it like it is sort of a person. We like punkpinks work cause it is raw, colorful, and is a asset to this day and age. Much of our work on this blog is against the 1% in art, against the wealthy, against the market, and against the system. Many of our works seek to and do correct. We have recognized new tools of art making amongst the revolutionary people of the world and will continue to do so. We are in the long line of anarchist artists and count among our friends people in many different places.

    We here had a good laugh when the girls said that they are more than familiar with Hartford’s goings on and they don’t know any pinks. Have these little twerps ever hear of folks working underground. No of course not as they would not fit and could not fit. We are not for selling our art or souls to the capitalist system and try like hell not to cop out and join it. We try like the dickens not to make art that can be co-opted by the powers that be and then turned into a money grabbing scene. No these little buggers wouldn’t know a pink but should be careful it doesn’t bite them in the nose if they get too close. We do not rely on the Hartford arts scene to get ourselves off. We are more than happy that we have ruffled the feathers of folks and will continue to do so.

    We will say again Thank You Kerri for writing up the questions about the knit hit Hartford. Now if someone would only start to answer some of the questions that were posed it would prove that the arts in Hartford are really alive and not just corporate dingle berries.

  8. Vivi de la Laine says:


    This is the question that has hounded art for as long as art and sponsorship have existed. Honestly, I don’t know. I will ask you: is there a difference between participating in an event funded by “The Man”, and being fully, knowing funded by these people. I might have understood the zeal with which you fired upon our group if we had shown up, perhaps in Aetna t-shirts and sponsorship decals on the knit pieces. Not even the word “guerrilla” on the promo sheets was our idea. P.S. the misspelled “guerilla” was them. We weren’t consulted on that either.

    I will tell you something else: you can have any opinion on this you want to. Anyone can. This is part of the joy of art. You can think of us as sellouts, shoot, according to your first blog post, you already do. This won’t stop us from doing what we do. No one person or group has the definitive answer as to what any art is. Despite what you think of us, I have plans to put more pieces downtown (there were certain entities that forbade us from putting anything up. I feel like challenging that.).

    And regarding the “9-5” comment I made, I think you misunderstood me. I don’t care about telling the suburbanites how great it is here. Actually, when they get involved, shit gets messed up somehow. What I meant was to show people here in town how cool it could be. If only they cared a bit more, became more involved. And it’s difficult to get involved when you start to believe all of the crap people say about Hartford. I live here too, grew up here from the age of three. And where I have moved away a few times, I still come back here to live.

    You don’t need to participate in the yarn arts to join us. But then again, I imagine you’re still not interested.


    I don’t remember when times have changed to the point where being asked questions about something you wrote became “berating” and “attacking”. From what I understand, there were several people in on the conversation, and they were only asking your opinion.

    Also, I didn’t know you needed a personalized invitation to one of our meetings. We are a very informal group.

    And for someone who is done talking about it, your post came two hours after your last Tweet on the subject. “There are professional ways to handle things. There are immature ways of handling things.” Your words.

  9. furbirdsqueerly says:


    Thanks for your comment. For many of us it is quite clear about guerrilla art and sponsorship. It does not exist. “A young thinker said the other day that guerrilla art exists only if the artist can be arrested for doing what she is doing.” Here at furbirdsqueerly we hold guerrilla art in very high regards and when we first read about Aetna Art Week we were a bit stunned to read that guerilla artists would be storming Hartford under the embrace of the arts council and at a thing called Aetna Arts Week. So stunned that Emma Furbird did not believe that it was any members of the Knitty Gritty Committee that would be participating in such a thing. I do believe that your art group had the reputation of being guerrilla artists prior to this. Again we will say we have always enjoyed your art when we heard about it or came upon it in our travels. Our wish all though is that some of you would extend the yarn art outside of the box.

    One of your members claimed that she didn’t know that the week was sponsored by Aetna, and you are almost claiming that you all were puppets in the whole shebang. We are not going to argue you point for point about this but will leave it at, Yes there is no difference. Check out your sponsors or what you are getting yourself involved in before you jump in. Lending our name and art in these times can be a tricky thing. Of course artists do it all the time, and art groups also under the banner of we could not exist if it weren’t for the boss and his money.

    Thank you for allowing us to have any opinion we want. Ha, as the old saying goes, Opinions are like assholes everyone has one.

    We are so happy that you will continue to do what you do, but don’t let any powers that be use you. All of us at Furbirdsqueerly will support any of you in any way if you do follow through on putting up more pieces downtown where certain entities forbade you to do so. Cassey Role was wondering about that when she noted the absence of any art in certain place. Yes we will support you 100% when you return to the art of guerrilla ways.

    Now our last stand on this issue in this context. We hold Kerri and her blog in very high esteem. Many folks in Hartford and elsewhere do also. Please none of you folks have any right to attack her in anyway. Do not, as the saying goes kill the messenger. Attack us over here at this blog. As she explained she was asking questions in her piece that had been asked to her. She writes about Hartford and this event was happening in Hartford. Of course not all of her readers care about this art and our piece as was evident in the comments. No one still wants to take on the challenge of when guerrilla art ceases to exist or any of the other challenges to art. Too bad we must in this city remain under the hand of the people of Aetna, BOA, Travelers, GHAC, UTC. we guess most folks learned nothing from occupy. But look out and all around folks all around the world as heeding the message and we believe are making new art.

    At furbirdsqueerly we love Real Hartford so much that it is one of the only blogs that we look at everyday. (Sometimes twice a day) Kerri publishes a monthly calendar of events for our community. Why don’t you send her an e-mail so your knitting circle can be listed. Folks can then know about your meetings and come it they want.

    So all in all it certainly has been a ride. Folks got talking about art, about your yarn art, (please do go back to bombing), about what an asshole punkpink is, about what sell outs you knitters are, about grandma leaving behind her blankets, about misplaced anarchist art, about the hands of corporations, about meddling and turning artists into puppets, about artists not knowing what they are getting into, about some very creative folks, about art in general, about new art, about artists redefining art, about the underground, and on and on.

    Punkpink is still out in the woods learning about eating out of the wild so hasn’t been able to send in any responses. But we are sure yea old pink would say, well those young yarn artists do have a role to play, when the revolution comes we will need hats, scarf’s, blankets and other warming objects of affections. I would love to wrap myself up in one of their creations and say, thank you. And if they come along I will show them what to eat when the going gets tough, and a whole new way of making art even if no one else but us know it.

    Update: The girls claimed that they didn’t know it was Aetna arts week. Well a check of their site tells us another story:
    The Knitty Gritty Committee shared Diana Lynn’s photo.
    May 14, 2013
    Almost done!
    Gunna hit downtown Hartford this weekend, granny style. Still got some work left to do! Stay tuned for Aetna Arts Week!
    Photo: Gunna hit downtown Hartford this weekend, granny style. Still got some work left to do! Stay tuned for Aetna Arts Week!

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