Posts Tagged ‘fiber art’

28
Nov

Further Reading 11/28/14

Written by Sarah. Posted in further reading


I don’t think an ad has ever spoken to me as much as that one.

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! It was such a busy one for me. Hope you all ate your weight in a variety of pies.

First things first, if you’re looking for Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals on your favorite patterns, notions, and yarns, Marly Bird is putting together a fairly comprehensive list of knit and crochet deals. I must add Jill Draper’s First Snowfall pattern is available for FREE with code anythingbutblack on Ravelry.

>> I actually remember buying this knitting book at my LYS when I was in high school. I was in love with Rowan yarns but couldn’t afford any. I loved this denim-inspired  book. Who knew Eddie Redmayne was lurking in there?

>> Mocking Jay Part 1 is here! I’m obsessed with the marketing behind the movies (and the books, of course). These “District Voices” videos are awesome. You might recognize the District 8 representatives (my favorite district, obviously) as the hosts of Threadbanger.

>> Therapy alpacas!!!

>> I love this marled Tory Burch short sleeved sweater. Definitely forsee making a knock off for spring!

>> Very excited that Zady is selling a sweater made and sourced entirely in the US! The wool is from Imperial Stock Ranch which makes this extra exciting. The video is gorgeous. Never get tired of that sheep-to-sweater process!

>> This 7Up ad features Magda Sayeg and her gorgeous yarnbombs!

What are you knitting up this holiday weekend?

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09
Sep

Meet Zinzi of Knit Wit Magazine

Written by Sarah. Posted in design, DIY, knits, magazine

I recently wrote about upcoming print-only Knit Wit Magazine and how I’m dying to get my hands on the first issue. The Kickstarter is quickly coming to a close but I was recently able catch up with Zinzi Edmundson, Knit Wit’s Editor. Zinzi (and art director Gigi Jack) come from a magazine background. She was nice enough to do a little interview with me and I’m very excited to share!

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What drew you to the magazine world?

It’s unclear. I wanted to work in magazines from such an early age that it’s a little hard to pin point (around middle school, I wrote a letter to Anna Wintour. Unreturned, naturally). As a kid pre-blog, I would take all my favorite parts of other magazine (mostly photos + some headlines) and create my own Zinzi-themed magazines in sketchbooks. I’d even write stories around the images.

You come from a magazine background so what is it about textiles that you find interesting?

I’ve been a knitter since I was 8, but I have to admit that the current mega-surge in textile interest is really what hooked my attention. I love the limitless ability for expression and the cultural specificity that gets woven, stitched, knit, printed or dyes into fabrics. It’s really romantic and it’s so, so interesting. But, because we’re still in discovery mode (and this is our personalities anyway), the magazine will never be written from the point of view of an authority or some austere perspective from on high. It’s an honest curiosity and readers can come along for the ride (and chime in via social, too!). 

knit wit 2Via @knitwitknitwit

Most (if not all) knitting magazines provide patterns but Knit Wit has none. What made you turn away from that format?

I think including patterns makes it a different kind of magazine and I wanted to introduce Knit Wit as an alternative to what’s already out there. That’s not to say that we’ll never include projects, but it’s just not exactly the idea. I have these grand visions of people who aren’t crafters or who never picked up knitting needles to be swept away by the stories and the incredible people so much so that they decide to dig deeper and start making stuff themselves. And that hardcore knitters or weavers or what have you (if they aren’t totally pissed that there aren’t patterns!) will discover something new or hear a story about something they already knew about, but from a different perspective. So for our purposes, it’s always been more about the people, places and objects than it is about DIY aspect. Call it a jumping off point or something.

knit witVia @knitwitknitwit

What do you make of the contemporary knitting/textile scene?

This is a tough one. It’s so enormous—there are so many different people, all of whom relate to it in a completely different way. I was thinking recently about how fiber and textiles is considered a niche, which it definitely is, but it’s so weird given that there are millions of people participating in these activities, whether they’re just fucking around or upholding a grand tradition. So yeah, I guess I have to say that I think its vast and dynamic and just so chock full of stories. I think what’s interesting about Knit Wit is that it can be technically about something so specific, but it’s secretly very, very broad. We’ll never run out of material.

What do you see for the next issue and the future of Knit Wit? 

OMG, good question. Now that we’re funded and most people signed up for a subscription, we’ve got to make good on that! Ha! In the future, I hope to continue to put as much care and love into future issues as there is in this one. And on a more literal note, Gigi and I are looking to expand into hosted workshops with fun lunches and awesome guest instructors. Coming soon… 

I’m so pumped that Knit Wit was fully funded long before their deadline but tomorrow is the last day to back Knit Wit Magazine on Kickstarter! I hope you are all looking forward to the first issue as much as I am. Thanks for sharing with us, Zinzi!

Have you backed Knit Wit yet?

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21
Aug

Knit Wit Magazine

Written by Sarah. Posted in DIY, magazine

I’ll be very up front with you, I don’t really go out for Kickstarter fundraisers. It is very rare that something catches me enough to back and even more that I would share and encourage others to contribute. (What can I say? I am a grumpy cat.) But when I saw the Kickstarter for Knit Wit Magazine, I was like, “SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!”

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Knit Wit Magazine is an upcoming print-only lifestyle mag about fiber arts. It looks absolutely gorgeous and will feature some great stories including an exploration of weaving in Oaxaca and behind the scenes at Wool and the Gang. It seems like it will really speak to the modern aesthetic that I so love.

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I’m very excited to get my hands on the first issue. I appreciate that it is going to be a real-live magazine. While I love digital publications (I haven’t bought a book in two years), there is something about a thoughtful, well-exectued print that really brings out the design nerd in me. Besides, launching a print-only fiber art publication is a pretty bold move. Heck yes.

You can back Knit Wit Magazine through their Kickstarter through September 10th. Aside from pre-ordering the magazine, there are also other great pledge gifts including scarves, totes, and classes. They have already reached over $11k! Will you be backing?

all images via Knit Wit Magazine Kickstarter

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05
Feb

Jo Hamilton Stop Motion

Written by Sarah. Posted in art

What a week! I’m finished with the move and we’re living in Brooklyn! There’s so much to do. I put down all of my crafts for a week while we finished packing and began unpacking. It made me a little anxious! I was super reluctant to pack up my cross stitch. I finally cast on a sock over the weekend because I just couldn’t take it any longer!

That said, I haven’t really got photos of any WIPs since progress came to a halt. But I do want to share some cool fiber art.

It was so cool to see Jo Hamilton‘s artwork up close and personal at Vogue Knitting Live. I love seeing yarn made into something that isn’t clothing. It’s so unexpected. I am so fascinated by her intricate pieces. So many layers. Check out the stop motion of this piece!

‘Arthur Animated’ by Jo Hamilton Art from Jo Hamilton Art on Vimeo.

Who are your favorite fiber artists? Have you made any fiber art pieces?

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20
Jun

Ravelympics, etc

Written by Sarah. Posted in art, knits, life, summer

Hmmm. Now that I’ve titled this post I feel a bit dangerous! Two things in the knitting world I want to touch on here. And they are both things that feel near and dear to me.

First off, I’ve been holding onto this for a while and I feel like now is the time to feature it! I’m obsessed with Shauna Richardson’s giant lions that were commissioned for the London 2012 games. When I saw them, I thought three things: 1. These are amazing. 2. I love that fiber art is getting an international spotlight here. 3. I’m so jealous, why didn’t I get to do that!?

image via Crochet Today

Now that we’ve heard all about that, item number two. The US Olympic Committee. Have we all heard about the whole “Ravelympics”-gate that’s going on with them? Three words: cease and desist. These guys are a real bummer. And while I understand (well, I’ll get to my extent of not understanding soon) that Olympic logos and even the name are in the grey area of things-that-should-be-public-domain-but-isn’t, the letter was kind of shitty and rude (as cease and desist letters tend to be). The idea that something as global (and ancient) as the Olympic games can be owned (in part) privately is a little crazy. And the fact that a logo that, in my opinion, should be considered as universal as the Union Jack, can be licensed out to corporations feels a little bit opposite of all of that world peace they are so quick to shout about.

We were forced to sit through class upon class dedicated to copyright law in film school. (Abridged version: hire a lawyer and cross your fingers. The rules don’t apply to everything ever.) Everything’s always up for debate so we were always instructed to steer clear of anything that was not entirely original. Public domain has therefore become an issue that I find interesting and mind boggling, especially as a person that creates and especially now where we have access to everything and the technology to mash it up and regurgitate it through the magic of the internet!

In fact, I think the best description of my feelings towards the mixed up world of intellectual property can be summed up here pretty awesomely. Further reading:

Everything is a Remix Part 1 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

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11
Jun

Yarn Bombs and Hot Tea

Written by Sarah. Posted in art, Brooklyn, design, DIY, holiday, knits, new york city, party, photos, summer, yarn

Some of you might have forgotten that Saturday was International Yarn Bombing Day. Did you do any crafty vandalism? While I thought about yarn bombing my own fire escape (wonder what my neighbor would say…), I was actually stuffing my face with bar-b-que at the Big Apple Bar-B-Que Block Party. I can’t say no to free food festivals.

But, while I was in Williamsburg on Friday, I saw a yarn bomb by Hot Tea. When I read this article on Gothamist, well, be still my heart! Check out this fantastic yarny art by New York’s newest yarn bomber. While I love Olek’s use of crochet in her bombs, Hot Tea’s work is really awesome. I love the geometric patterns and very cool utilization of straight lines.

More photos on his flickr!

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