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, Isable Berglund hand-knit an entire room. In New England, Dave Cole constructed an enormous "knitting machine" (usingexcavators and utility poles) that knit an 800 stitch, 35-by-20 foot American flag. In Los Angeles, Bridget Marrin knits little dollhouses - complete with yarn lawns, shrubbery, and smoke-filled chimneys. Using medical wire, Indiana-based knitter Althea Merback hand-knits sweaters smaller than a dime. Canadian Debbie New makes exquisite knitted teacups and navigable boats.
Five years ago, Sabrina Gschwandtner founded a zine to tackle the blurry edge between craft and fine art to chronicle the trend. 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 kimono-style sweater, a pair of high-heeled boots, a hobo-style shoulder bag, a geodesic-patterned cap, even a teddy bear knit from fiberglass insulation - meant to inspire you to find and follow your own creative path.
- Published in 2007
- New book