KnitKnit: Profiles + Projects from Knitting's New Wave (英語) ハードカバー – 2007/9/1
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Bringing together profiles of 27 artist-crafters, this work does more than just document their creations. Each of the profiled knitters has contributed a project - a sweatshirt kimono, a mohair and metal belt, a hobo-style shoulder bag, a geodesic-patterned cap, as well as a teddy bear knit from fiberglass insulation.
Sabrina Gschwandter holds a BA in film and art theory from Brown University. Her handknit clothing line has been sold at numerous stores in New York, including Henri Bendel, Steven Alan, and TG-170. Her artwork has been exhibited internationally at such venues as the Venice Biennale and the Museum of Arts and Design. She is the founder of Knit Knit, a biannual artist's publication dedicated to the intersection of traditional handcraft and contemporary art. KnitKnit has been reported on in numerous publications, including the New Yorker, Fader, BUST, Interweave Knits and Selvedge and on Style.com, the online home of Vogue and W magazines. Visit Sabrina's website at www.knitknit.net.
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.