I have always had a thing for optical illusion. Those collages people do with thousands of tiny photos fascinate me, as does Op Art and Impressionism. When you look close, you see all the individual elements, and when you step back, you see the big picture. It follows then, in knitting, that I’m a sucker for mitered square projects. I’ve made mitered square blankets in the past and am currently working on this one. I would love to replicate some of Li Shurui’s work next. Her body of work is highly focused on the plays of light and color, which of course, speaks to me on yet another whole level. Many of her paintings look like photos that have been manipulated with filters, but in reality, they are acrylic paintings. Enjoy!
I am very excited to be taking a class on shadow knitting at Vogue Knitting Live later this month. Perhaps it’s my affinity for Op Art, but being able to create optical illusions fascinates me. I saw an article in Vogue a long time ago about Jim Lambie and I find his work extremely inspiring. I hope one of his floor installations will be on display in LA at some point so I have the chance to see it in person. He uses vinyl tape to create some of his installations, and aside from the fact I love all the bright colors, I also admire people who can take a mundane thing like tape and create something spectacular out of it. Of course, my medium is yarn, and once I learn the techniques behind shadow knitting, I hope to design some pieces inspired by his work.
One of the things I’ve noticed working at a yarn shop is that many people are extremely insecure about color. Usually, they know their favorites, and then they get nervous about veering away from them. This is not to say there’s anything wrong with sticking to a certain palette if that’s what makes you happy. But for all my fellow crafters out there who are wanting to change up their colors, or to become more skilled at mixing them, this designer gives you lots of fun things to try and consider. Pull out your stash, and look at it with new vision. As a designer myself, I’m pretty experimental with color, and love playing around with it. But exercises like these do help give new perspective when creative block hits. Have fun!
As you all know, I’m always on the lookout for new ideas and inspiration, and I just happened across a blog I thought was particularly full of both! You Are My Fave is full of DIY ideas, fun, colorful photography, and actually, some of my favorite things, such as abstract art. Good things are meant to be shared, so I hope you’ll enjoy browsing it as much as I did!
I love some good inspiration, especially on a Monday morning! These playgrounds are incredible, and I hope you enjoy the interview with the artist as much as I did! I’ve always wanted to visit Japan, and I will add these playgrounds to my list of reasons! Her work is a beautiful marriage of fiber arts and architecture.
A very happy weekend to all of you! As promised, a few photos from my previous happy weekend at Stitches West. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy sharing them!