Knitting Art: 150 Innovative Works from 18 Contemporary Artists: Expanding the Boundaries of Knitting Hardcover – 1 Oct 2008
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The work of Guelph fibre artist Janet Morton is included in a new book, "Knitting Art: 150 Innovative Works from 18 Contemporary Artists," by American author and fibre artist Karen Searle. Morton hand-wove a giant tuque that hung in the lobby of the Cambridge public library last month to mark the opening of Fibreworks '08, the biannual juried exhibition of contemporary Canadian fibre art. In the book Morton is cited for the way she melds playful colours and motifs to make strong political statements about homelessness, the environment, animal welfare and the things that society values. Photos show a sweater for a bike, a cardigan for a giraffe, a giant knitted heart, and a house cosy, like a tea cosy but bigger, made from recycled wool sweaters, among other works by Morton. The book profiles 18 knitters and features 150 photos of their work. In a press release, Searle said she wanted to show how knitting is a legitimate art form that's both creative and expressive. 'It's meant as an introduction to an art form and an invitation to respect the creative potential in our handwork traditions that are often taken for granted and discounted as 'women's work,' ' she states. --GuelpMercury on line October 2008
Subtitled 150 Innovative works from 18 Contemporary Artists , this book was by far the favourite of those sent to me from Voyageur Press. The cover is stunning, inside you will discover work beyond your imagination. This book is a complete showcase for 18 knit-artists. The book is beautifully produced and the artists give an insight into their work too. Some of the work is very wearable, some a political statement,the artists work here is very much self expression. As a knitwear designer myself, it is wonderful to see knitting treated as art. No patterns just sheer inspiration and ideas for stretching the boundaries. This book explores the art knitting movement in depth. It is a fascinating 160-page journey. --Karen Platt's Book Reviews dot com
About the Author
Karen Searle is a fiber artist specializing in knit and crochet sculptural works. Her artworks have been exhibited in the United States and abroad since the late 1970s. She has presented classes, lectures, and seminars internationally, has curated fiber-art exhibitions, and served on international jury panels. Searle is a mentor to emerging artists through the mentor/protegee program of the Women's Art Registry of Minnesota. A former publisher of books on ethnic textiles, she writes about the arts for several publications.
Top Customer Reviews
The book, alongside introductions and glossary etc, has 18 sections. Each section showcases a designer, tells you about them and their works, and includes various photos of their works. Some of these may be familiar if you have attended knitting exhibitions, others wont be. Most use yarn, but others use metal or even plastic to build sculptural pieces.
This book really opens your eyes to the possibilities of knitting beyond the simple jumper, and would make a great gift for knitters and art lovers alike.
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book will dispel those doubts. It is filled with photos of incredible knitted art created
by knitting by an eclectic group of artists. The book is very beautiful and ranks with
the most beautiful knitting books I own. I plan to make a list very soon of the most
beautiful knitting books!
In this book, we are introduced to Kathryn Alexander, a knitting artist of designer
clothing in color schemes that are likely to remind one of parrots in the Amazon
Rain Forests. Jeung-Hwa Park creates knitted abstract designs that remind me
of underwater life or the micro-lives on trees. Her forms are like undulating waves
and coral. Debbie New creates grand knitting installation pieces. " A musician and
a scientist as well as a knitter, Debbie recently challenged herself to combine music
and knitting by incorporating concepts of time and movement into interactive knit-
ted sculptures." (p. 49) She has even knit a portrait of her grandmother that is
reminiscent of Chuck Close's work. Her work is so eclectic that I haven't really
touched the surface of her creations. Reina Mia Brill creates art dolls that are
whimsical and fantasy-like. The are "fey knitted creatures...and each has a story
to tell. Their exotic names suggest ideas or visions steeped in mythology." (p. 89)
Her creations are made with copper wire, resin, paint, silver wire and brass, along
with various yarns and fabrics. Anna Maltz makes "nude suits" that are bound to
make you smile, maybe even guffaw. She is also an installation artist and gender
I have only touched the surface of this book. Any knitter interested in moving
their craft towards art will love this book. Any knitter who can appreciate the
beauty of knitting will love this book. Personally, I think everybody will love this
book. But then again, I'm a knitter and I love everything to do with knitting!
Some artists in the book create in more sterile cold art(which I personally dislike), but lots of them - in colorful warm style too.