- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 1st edition (Sept. 1 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1584796316
- ISBN-13: 978-1584796312
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.5 x 28.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #677,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
KnitKnit: Profiles + Projects from Knitting's New Wave Hardcover – Sep 1 2007
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About 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 www.knitknit.net.
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My personal favourite was Isabel Berglund's knitted room which I could get lost in for hours. I am seriously considering knitting her white Jump In the Wall Jumper for my living room but the thought of it makes my family queasy (They equate knitted white walls with psychiatric institutions and the jumper with a straight jacket--but then I digress.)
The projects that author Sabrina Gschwandtner and photographer Kiriko Shirobayashi travelled the world to profile range from the utilitarian and useful--Teva Durham's beautiful Knitted Wool Cover for an Egg Chair to the industrial and impressive--who knew that you could build giant knitting needles on John Deere Cherry-pickers?
The book's insightful text and stunning photographs are in the words of one of my fellow fibre floozies the "Penultimate in 'fibre porn!'"* This is especially true of Mandy McIntosh's spread titled "Some Fish I Ate in Portugal." (The pictures made me want to make the dress just so I can fondle it!)
I must admit however, that there are projects in this book that even I (a dedicated fibrenista) can't even hope to tackle. I don't think I have the skill, patience or manual dexterity to make Althea Merback's Mini Sweater Earrings or the space not to mention the safety equipment to attempt Dave Cole's 16 foot knitted Fibre Glass Teddy Bear.
*"Fibre porn" or the visual representation of fibre is creative and positive and should never be confused with sexual porn or the visual misrepresentation of human sexuality which is destructive and exploitive.
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One reviewer remarked that this book is more of a coffee table book, a fair assessment in that it is a beautifully constructed art book that ALSO has very considerable bios on the artist's. And quite frankly no one in this book leads a dull life, so it might be surprising to many that a book that centers on knitting could be such an engaging read.
As a knitter I was intrigued and amazed as well as daunted by how imaginative and to what extremes these artists go to achieve their "vision". As a history-buff I thought it was brilliant that Ms. Gschwandtner had the foresight to capture the lives as well as the product of these individuals for posterity. (Ms. Gschwandtner's intro which includes her account of starting her own zine, KnitKnit, is also a great read on finding inspiration in/on the most unlikeliest of ways.)
Patterns are included as each artist contributes one as an example of their work. It is more of a fun invite to emulate their work rather than a typical "practical" knit pattern.
There is much to discover and enjoy in Knit Knit and you will most likely find yourself doing a lot of re-reads as well as accepting the occasional challenge to knit one on.