Wool, paper and nuclear

Helen: Wool against weapons, in Reading high street

Helen: Wool against weapons, in Reading high street

After finishing my teaching in Reading last weekend, I explored the Reading high street (i.e. shopping) and saw this scene:

This is a beautiful scene as the contrast is powerful: a beautiful young lady with flowers on her hair was quietly knitting, smiling.

Her friend Mike with an explosive hair was trying to fold an origami crane. I watched on silently, after a few minutes, I offered him my helping hand to get his crane completed.

They’re the supporters of Action AWE: Atomic Action Eradication,  a grassroots campaign of non-violent actions dedicated to halting nuclear weapons production at the Atomic Weapons Establishment factories at Aldermaston and Burghfield, both in the southeast of England.

On their leaflet, Action AWE will be bringing their anti-nuclear message in a variety of colourful, poetic and creative ways to Reading.

They’re against the government’s plan to replace the Trident nuclear weapons system with new nuclear weapons.

Helen told me about the Wool against Weapons action: between now and August 2014, knitters are going to help creating a 7-mile long knitted pink peace scarf to stretch between Atomic Weapons Establishment sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield in Berkshire, where nuclear weapons are made.

On the 16th of August 2014, they’re going to hold a day of guerrilla wool-fare.

If you’re interested in knitting for this project, you’ll find more information on the Wool against Weapons website. You must use pink wool though — any glorious shade of pink. I really like the creative ‘wool-fare’ idea, but I’m not quite sure of the choice of the colour pink. Why just pink? Demonstrating girls’ power? I don’t want to be off-topic here and I hope you enjoy the pictures below.

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5 thoughts on “Wool, paper and nuclear

    1. Janet Williams Post author

      Ah! I’ve never heard of ‘yarn bombing’ before. Thank you. I think these campaigners want their voice to be heard by using all sorts of creative activities. It was quite interesting to meet them on the street — where most people were busy shopping, but these campaigners were knitting, making cranes and performing street drama.

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