World Amigurumi Exhibition Vol. 5 – Threatened Threads: Protect our Endangered Amigurumi!
Monday, December 9 through Tuesday, March 31, 2020
RESOBOX LIC – 41-26 27th Street, Long Island City
Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting adorable stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. The word is a combination of the Japanese words ami, meaning “crocheted” or “knitted,” and nuigurumi, meaning “stuffed doll.”
RESOBOX is hosting their fifth installment of amigurumi dolls, with an all new, refreshing theme and a diverse selection of new crochet artists joining this exhibition. The amigurumi industry is constantly expanding, and so is the World Amigurumi Exhibition at RESOBOX.
RESOBOX, a Japanese cultural community center located in New York, has decided to examine a worldwide and vital problem: endangered species. Supporting endangered species and spreading awareness are important to RESOBOX founders Fumio Tashiro and Takashi Ikezawa.
In total, they’ve gathered pieces from more than 100 artists representing 42 countries. The artists found endangered species—animals, plants, etc.—located within their regions and recreated them as amigurumi. Using the Red List of Threatened Species published the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources), which lists species of animals/plants/insects/etc. that are most on the verge of extinction, crochet artists from all over the world have used their creativity to craft beautiful amigurumi pieces to help spread awareness. Please check out the Red List.
Through the exhibition, RESOBOX, together with the many amigurumi artists around the world, would like to advocate the importance of protecting the many species on the list.
See the unique and enticing endangered species amigurumi at the World Amigurumi Exhibition vol. 5! What endangered species do you most want to help?
The word RESOBOX is Tashiro and Ikezawa’s mashup of the words “resonate” and “box.” The box represents a space for artists to collaborate to create art that resonates. For more information about RESOBOX, please visit their website.
To see super-cute amigurumi patterns, check out this English-language site called Amigurumi Today.
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