The last week has really run the range from the sublime to the ridiculous. More of that soon.
For now, something important. I know a lot of my customers are fans of Woolly Wormhead and her gorgeous hat designs. So lots of you will already know about the horrible situation that she and her family face right here.
I know lots of folk have been following along with our story, but incase you’ve missed some news or are wondering how this has all happened, here’s our official statement:
The Mutoid Waste Company arrived in Santarcangelo di Romagna, Italy in 1990 to perform in that year’s “Festival Dei Teatri”, a renowned annual festival held in the town. From that time on Santarcangelo became a base for the group and it became their home. Their art, their way of life and they themselves became an accepted part of life in Santarcangelo. Over the last 23 years they have increasingly collaborated on projects with local institutions such as schools, and their ties with the local community have strengthened. In recent years some of the Mutoids have chosen the Yard as a safe place to raise their own children.
The Yard is unique: a place that follows the rules whilst living completely outside them, a place that advocates an alternative outlook on life, a place that allows people to discover new things – and it’s wonderful that such a place is considered a true part of Santarcangelo and that the locals readily accept the Yard as part of their community.
Despite these many years of mutually respectful cohabitation there is one voice that has continually spoken against the Mutoids presence; a single objector who now seriously threatens this culturally important phenomenon.
Mutonia is not a campsite (even though its inhabitants live in caravans, buses, trucks and temporary constructions that look more like works of art than houses); it’s not a standard travellers site (although many of its inhabitants have a semi-nomadic lifestyle); and the group have never illegally occupied the land.
In recent years Santarcangelo’s local council has been searching for a solution to the situation, seeking help from other government bodies, with the ultimate aim of declaring the Mutoid Yard as a Site of Cultural Interest.
Unfortunately the Yard currently finds itself under a very real and serious threat of eviction – a reality which would not only destroy this unique community but also disperse its inhabitants and their artwork.
In short, we’re fighting to save our unique, creative home. All of us. An entire community that’s been built out of a want to live the way we choose, peacefully and together, is at risk of being demolished and lost forever. It’s ludicrous that it should have come this far, but it has. And the only choice we have is to stay and fight for what we believe in.
Getting the appeal is critical, least of all because it buys us time. Beyond that we don’t know what the future holds, but we are working closely with the officials, and the local support has been absolutely incredible. This is an immensely worthwhile cause; and it’s not just about saving our home.
Hatopia will be available until the end of August, as our first financial deadline is in September. At that point we’ll review the situation. Meanwhile, I’ll keep you posted as to how well we’re doing!
Thank you for all your help!
You can also buy the Runway pattern on it’s own.
The runway hat is knitted with a skein of our 4ply alpaca, silk and cashmere yarn To help with fundraising we’ll donate £5 for each skein of this yarn sold until the end of August.
Just in case alpaca, silk and cashmere isn’t your thing, we’ll also donate £1 for each 50g or 100g skein of yarn sold before 1800 on Monday 12th August. So the perfect chance for some stash enhancing, a gorgeous hat or two and helping a fantastic cause. Triple win.