Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Knitting the Pandemic

Thank you, Lynda, for passing along this item from CBC News. Each stitch on Sarah McLean's epic project represents 100 COVID-19 cases. It takes her hours a day to keep up. 

While I have not attempted anything as ambitious as McLean's project, I have found some solace in knitting during these difficult days. At this point I am using wool scraps to make slippers for the local women's shelter. It steadies me to have something to do with my hands while watching too much television.

Sunday, January 10, 2021

"We Are the Story": quilt exhibition in Minneapolis

I'll Fly Away,
Susan Brubaker Knapp

An article in The New York Times reviews "We Are the Story", one of a series of quilt exhibitions at seven sites throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul, presented by the Textile Center and the national Women of Color Quilters Network. The first exhibition, "Gone but Never Forgotten:Remembering Those Lost to Police Brutality, is available online, and other shows run through the spring.

Writing on the Wall,
Deborah Fell

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Architecture and Knitting Machines


I subscribe to a blog by painter James Gurney, where I recently learned about an innovative approach to building that relies on knitted textiles to support concrete construction. This method is being explored as a new way to build affordable housing, with a smaller environmental footprint.

The video below features architect Mariana Popescu, explaining how knitting machines can create the "bones" of concrete structures.


Sunday, January 3, 2021

Excellence in Fibers VI

Repair (detail), Kevan Lunney, 2016
Aluminum base, neon glass tubes, industrial wool felt,
white electric cord; back fully enclosed with
removable aluminum plate, knitted construction

This virtual show is presented by the New Bedford Art Museum, in Massachusetts. It showcases fifty-two outstanding works, juried from over 1100 submissions, in the categories of 

  • Installation
  • Sculptural
  • Vessels
  • Wall and Floor, and
  • Wearables.
The exhibition presents a truly astonishing diversity of material, technique, and subject.