I knit both for the craft and the art of it. Most of my projects are practical, beautiful gifts for friends. But I also use knitting as part of my fine art practice. I'm interested in connecting with other guys who do this as well.
I do have to say that most of the fine gauge lace I make is just for the aesthetic beauty and the challenge.
I don't know that I'd call it art yet since I'm mostly following patterns at the moment, but I just got this spectacular Estonian lace book with stitch patterns that will definitely allow me to play and design some stuff of my own.
the new one?
Yes...it's called something like Haapsalu sall by Siiri Reimann and Aime Edusi...just beautiful.
These days my one constant creative outlet is knitting and crocheting. I am sad to say I have no other real creative process to speak of.
I did look at your site. Very nice work. I got a kick out of your pillows.
I really only knit sweaters and the odd hat, but there is a brilliant piece of knitted art in the Art Gallery of Ontario's contemporary art gallery. Knitted on huge knitted needles by a group of knitters, it is spread out in piles across the floor. It is unfinished. I don't know if they add to it. It might be on line. Also, a friend called David Grenier is a Toronto based artist who used to use knitting in his work. I haven't seen any recently. He may have moved on to other things. I remember some of the pieces were partially unraveled in places. It looked like the work had been pulled apart and the yarn was spilling out in a sort of visceral fashion. It was impressive.
I've read about and seen images of some of David Grenier's work. I liked it a lot!!
yes, you in the back, the ignorant one.
puh-lease, questions are what makes us smarter!
i'm an artist. so my job is also sometimes called my practice (like a doctor). when i differentiate between knitting a sweater or a scarf and knitting for art, then i call it my fine art practice so people know i'm talking ART.
i've only done a few pieces with knitting or crochet, but the methods are definitely going to stay in my art.
the vague start to an answer?
Not vague at all... I got it. I may be ignorant, but a fast study.
The ignorant one raises his hand, "What's 'fine art practice'?"
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