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KnitKnit: Profiles + Projects from Knitting's New Wave Hardcover – September 1, 2007
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KnitKnit gets across that knitting has power as a social force and a political one, but no one represented here forgets that most importantly of all knitting is beautiful. (HC ed.) --Crafts magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
KIRIKO SHIROBAYASHI is an award-winning New Yorkbased photographer whose work has been exhibited at the Houston Center for Photography and the National Museum of Belarus, among other venues. Her work was featured in Stewart, Tabori and Changs Knitting for Peace and appears regularly in magazines in the U.S. and abroad.
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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.
What an amazing foray into the world of knitting as more than either art, craft or design. To say that these fiber artists are way ahead of their time is to understate what this fabulous book provides -- a window into what's possible in knitting. Colorful, joyous, incredible projects that make you want to get out a pair of knitting needles and see how far they can take you.
This is THE perfect gift for every knitter in the world.
Oh, and the patterns? Yes, you CAN make these artful creations too.
Give it a try.
I give KnitKnit raves...
In her new book KnitKnit: Profiles & Projects from Knitting's New Wave, Gschwandtner looks at how a new generation of knitters is blurring the boundaries between conceptual art and craft. These unique individuals "whose work reflect[s] knitting's current ideas, venues, and forms" are in many cases unknown to the average knitter and so the author profiles each one, exploring their art, their motivation and how their work has progressed.
KnitKnit includes twenty-seven profiles; from Dave Cole who knits with "heavy, toxic, industrial, or otherwise unusual materials"; to Althea Merback who knits knits miniature garments the size of a quarter; to Debbie New who knit a navigable boat.
In addition to their profile, each individual was asked to create something readers could make, and the results are as unusual as their creators. The projects included the expected clothing, as well as 14-foot-tall fiberglass teddy bears, miniature sweater earrings and room installations which knitters can "wear." Even the sweaters are often approached in unusual manners; Liz Collins' Stretchy Stocking top made from nylon stockings and Debbie New's Scribble Lace Bolero made with labyrinth knitting.
KnitKnit is a perfect coffee table book for the knitter on your holiday shopping list. The artists profiled will help get knitting creativity flowing, the patterns feature unusual construction techniques.
Armchair Interviews says: This book will spark conversation for knitters and non-knitters alike.