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June 13, 2013

A Study in Opposites

by Kristen Merritt

The artist is the opposite of the politically minded individual, the opposite of the reformer, the opposite of the idealist. The artist does not tinker with the universe; he recreates it out of his own experience and understanding of life. – Henry Miller

When deciding an appropriate title for this week’s blog, it seemed only obvious because the Women’s Fund GO Ahead & Play project has been a true study in opposites. After all, art in itself is a study in opposites, right? Where am I going with this…? Well, I have had the absolute pleasure of working with 20 artists; all different ages, backgrounds and who work in contrasting mediums. They mosaic, carve, paint, decoupage and yes, even knit/crochet! Knit…crochet?!? You know…“knit 1, purl 2” or the more commonly known in the knitting world (and it sounds so much cooler!) as “K1P2”.

Our two featured artists demonstrate what I am referring to because one is a visual artist with a background in engineering and one is a “Yarnbomber”.

Intrigued? You’ll have to read on to learn more about these amazing individuals…

Featured Artists


  1. 3 words to describe yourself?
    Enthusiastic, Incandescent, Inquisitive.
  2. Favorite quote?
    “If you know exactly what you are going to do, what’s the point of doing it? Since you know, there is no interest in it…. It’s better to do something else.” - Pablo Picasso
  3. Favorite place to hang out around town?
    My studio downtown in the Stutz Business Center
  4. What inspires you?
    New materials, experimenting, exploration of methods and images. Even though I may limit my subject to (for example): apples, coffee cups or martinis; I can stretch my imagination in many ways. Can you believe I am using glitter?
  5. Anything else you would like to share with our readers?
    I drive the green on par 4’s occasionally! 

For more information on JanettMarie, please visit her website: janettmarie.net or read her blog: janettmarie.blogspot.com.


Annette Marino

Annette’s “special” koala hat is a favorite (and humorous!) present from her mom!

  1. 3 words to describe yourself?
    Mildly subversive knitter.
  2. Favorite quote?
    “Let us endeavor to live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry” –Mark Twain

  3. Favorite place to hang out around town?
    Mass Ave Knit Shop, of course; wonderful staff, extensive selection of yarns and knitting supplies. They have donated some of the yarns for the piano and have served as a drop off/pick up place for donated pieces for me to use on the piano.
  4. What inspires you?
    Color, pattern, texture, movement and humor.
  5. Anything else you would like to share with our readers?
    I am not yarnbombing* this piano by myself! In fact, I am a part of a group of “knit graffiti” artists called The Yarnburners. 13 Fiber Artists are contributing their time and skills to the GO Ahead & Play project from all over Indiana (plus one in Pennsylvania and two in California). Thank you to each of these wonderful women for their enthusiasm and creativity!

    *Yarnbombing: a type of graffiti or street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fiber rather than paint or chalk - Wikipedia

For more information about Annette, please visit: facebook.com/Stockannettetwitter.com/Stockannette or stockannette.blogspot.com.

So there you have it…..two dynamically different artists who are generously donating their talents and working in harmony to create beauty (and music!) in our community. Don’t forget that these pianos hit the streets of central Indiana August 1 – August 18. Details to come on locations….it’s all coming together!

More from the Women’s Fund GO Ahead & Play project next Thursday…

A special thank you to Deluxe Piano Sponsor, The Lacy Foundation

Follow our blog every Thursday, May-August 2013, for updates on the GO Ahead & Play project from Kristen Merritt, Women's Fund Workshop Manager, GO: Give Back students, and others involved in the project. Also follow us on Facebook, Twitter: @womensfundindy, and Instagram: womensfundindy.


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Friday, June 14
Thanks for the feature - the other Yarnburners and I are thrilled to join Janett Marie and the rest of the artists in encouraging Central Indiana to GO Ahead & Play!

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