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KnitKnit: Profiles + Projects from Knitting's New Wave
     

KnitKnit: Profiles + Projects from Knitting's New Wave

by Sabrina Gschwandtner
 
All over North America and Europe, a brand-new generation has taken up knitting�and is transforming the venerable needlecraft by blurring the boundary between craft and art. In Copenhagen, Denmark, Isabel Berglund hand-knit an entire room. In New England, Dave Cole constructed an enormous "knitting machine" (he used excavators and utility poles) that knit an

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All over North America and Europe, a brand-new generation has taken up knitting�and is transforming the venerable needlecraft by blurring the boundary between craft and art. In Copenhagen, Denmark, Isabel Berglund hand-knit an entire room. In New England, Dave Cole constructed an enormous "knitting machine" (he used excavators and utility poles) that knit an 800-stitch, 35-by-20-foot American flag. But the projects aren't all of a monumental scale. In Los Angeles, Bridget Marrin knits little dollhouses�complete with lawns, shrubbery, and smoke-filled chimneys, all made of yarn. Using surgical wire, Indiana-based knitter Althea Merback hand-knits sweaters smaller than a dime.

Five years ago, Sabrina Gschwandtner founded a 'zine to tackle the blurry edge between craft and fine art. Now, her book KnitKnit brings together profiles of 27 of the most talented artist-crafters knitting today. But KnitKnit does more than just document their ingenious creations. Each of the profiled knitters has contributed a project�a sweatshirt kimono, a mohair and metal belt, a pair of high-heeled boots, a geodesic-patterned cap, even a teddy bear knit from fiberglass insulation�meant to inspire you to find and follow your own creative path.

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Library Journal

Gschwandtner is an artist and founder of KnitKnit, a limited-edition journal exploring the links between fine art and crafts. KnitKnitthe book is a fascinating read, profiling a new generation of art knitters motivated more by ideas than by the technical aspects of their craft. Artists profiled range from creative mainstream knitwear designers like Norah Gaughan, who bases many of her designs on abstract forms found in nature, to avant-garde artists like Dave Cole, who used heavy-duty construction equipment and knitting needles made of 25-foot aluminum poles to knit a 25' by 20' American flag. Each of the 25 knitters profiled has contributed an original project to the book to encourage the reader to explore the possibilities of knitting as an art form. Recommended for academic and large public libraries.


—Jan Zlendich

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781584796312
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.25(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

SABRINA GSCHWANDTNER holds a BA in art/semiotics from Brown University and an MFA from Bard College. Her artwork has been exhibited internationally at such venues as the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, and the Fleming Museum, Vermont. She is the founder of KnitKnit, a biannual artists' publication dedicated to the intersection of traditional handcraft and contemporary art. Gschwandtner lives in New York City. You can visit her website at knitknit.net.

KIRIKO SHIROBAYASHI is an award-winning New York-based photographer whose work has been exhibited at the Houston Center for Photography and the National Museum of Belarus, among other venues. Her work was featured in Stewart, Tabori and Chang's Knitting for Peace and appears regularly in magazines in the U.S. and abroad.

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