Archive for the ‘Yarn Artwork’ Category
Sorry, not much to say this weekend. Spending all my time knitting Amelia. Here’s an amusing photo from a tumblr called “Nick Holmes… “ (via the always entertaining blog, Neatorama). Oh, for any of you thinking about knitting Amelia and are clueless as how to Knit Through The Back Loop (K tbl) and Purl Through The Back Loop (P tbl) iknitwithcatfur’s videos should help you out.
No, it’s not the latest thing available at your LYS. Steel wool is the sculptural media used by artist Krysta Olson in her thought-provoking piece, The Steel Wool Sweater (left). Olson works in a variety of media to investigate her attraction to vulnerability, intimacy and sadness. Her works plays with a kind of awkward tension. View her videos, photo projects, and painting. If you’d like to knit with steel, I’d suggest something from Habu Textiles or LB Collection Wool Stainless. A bit more user friendly, and infinitely more wearable.
Here’s an interesting book: In The Loop: Knitting Now by Jessica Hemmings, the Associate Director of Visual and Cultural Studies at Edinburgh College of Art. Published earlier this year, the book examines knitting’s journey from retro hobby to cultural phenom— humble utilitarianism to current craftivism. There are lots of examples of artists working with knitting as their medium, including Mark Newport, Sabrina Gschwandtner and Annie Shaw. That is Shaw’s amazing “Gansey, deep-fried“ above. Yes, that is a deep friend wool sweater wrapped in fish and chips paper! Read a book review here. See more images from In The Loop at the Guardian UK.
Last Summer I missed this wonderful multidisciplinary performance piece by Chicago artists Amber Ginsburg, Carla Duarte and Lia Rousset called “re•pur•pose.” It happened at The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Chicago as part of the series Here/Not There, which explored ephemeral experience as art. This particular piece repurposed seeds, bricks, and knit sweaters as a metaphor for the basic necessities of food, shelter and clothing. (Detail of an MCA photo of the piece, above.) The artists created 600 multiples submerged in a bit of water, which they carefully tended over the duration of the performance. The absorbent quality of the bricks and wool was a perfect sprouting medium. As a continuation of the cycle of reuse, once the performance was over, the multiples were placed in planters around the museum. So cool.
I love the fact that while other amigurumi crochet designers are creating puppies, kitties, rainbows and unicorns, Karabouts is making things like little death metal guys (above). Hysterical. Hostile. Fun. She posted her ode to Norwegian black metal musicians last week on her blog. You may recall her “tribute” to Vanna a while back. More on the Karabouts website. Who says amigurumi has to give you a complete and total sugar overload?
Want to enjoy some black metal sonic stylings? I’m gonna recommend Gorgoroth.
Amy Wizer is out to change the world. A Jakarta-based visual artist/activist/environmentalist, she leads the Invisible Sisters and the XSProject, both geared towards the re-use of consumer waste to create useful and beautiful items while providing gainful employment to some of the world’s poorest people, especially unemployable women. Read more in a mission statement here. That is a quilt piece created by the Invisible Sisters artisans (left). It looks like it is made by knit and crochet with yarn, plastic bags, old cassette tapes, computer wiring and other post-consumer waste to completely transform yucky trash into lovely artworks. Some of the XSProject products are here. See the CNN video of Wizer making the case for why we should actually buy our garbage back from these organizations. Very inspiring.
Found via the Craftivism blog.
This is a cool project by UCLA undergraduate art student Ali Guerin for a class lead by Casey Reas. It’s called “Mirror Mirror: Needlepoint in Real Time,” but it could also be titled “Instant Intarsia.” Using processing and webcam, Guerin’s project allows a computer to view a live image and display it as a yarn-like rendition. Watch a video here to see people turning themselves into intarsia. That’s my buddy, Gail, who also teaches at UCLA (above) making herself into a pattern.Want more traditional intarsia? You must see the pattern master himself, Kaffe Fassett.
Attention math nerds and crochet lovers, if you live in Los Angeles you can take a Hyperbolic Crochet Workshop with David Orozco at The Little Knittery on Sunday, April 18th. Orozco is one of the contributing artists for The Hyperbolic Crochet Cactus Garden, as well as the former proprietor of Eagle Rock’s defunct That Yarn Store. See a gallery of hyperbolic crochet models at The Institute for Figuring’s site. Get a serious tutorial on the subject from two Cornell University math professors here. Watch Psuedosphere’s video on YouTube. Or just look at some beautiful examples at Quoin’s flickr. That’s their Large Tri-Color Hyperbolic Crochet piece (above) that could actually be worn as a hat. I hear that this kind of crochet is very relaxing and addictive.
I love when two of my interests intersect to reveal something odd and beautiful. Case in point: knitting + typography. The new issue of Twist Collective has a story by Lela Nargi on Susette Newberry’s “Knitting Letters,” which is an abecedaria (a book that showcases designs of alphabets). That got exploring other knitted letters and I found that The Poetry Society in the UK has been collecting knitted letters for some time. Last year they combined them to form a gigantic Dylan Thomas poem (above). The knitted poem can be seen April 9th to 11th at the Much Wenlock Poetry Festival in Shropshire. They’ll be featuring a new poem at that time also. From August 9th – 14th, you can see these knitted poems at the Ravelry Knit Camp at Stirling University in Scotland— an event being organized by British Yarns. More about it here.