Kristy Glass has an amazing knitting vlog on Youtube – in it, she mostly interviews pretty much every well-known knitwear designer, vlogger and writer in the knitting world.
Here, she shows her own freestyle creation – she worked not from someone else’s pattern nor did she write down the pattern as she invented it, going along. This is free-form. It’s fairly instinctive and therefore highly individual – and fun! She responded to inspiring wool to make something which makes the most of the yarn’s bouncy nature (her character is similar): a bubble dress!
By the way, for non-knitters, FO means Finished Object
Both a beautiful statement and illustration, by artist Carole Bury. You can see more of her work on her website http://www.carolebury.com. She works through fine art, paper, textiles, drawings, often with the subject of birds and flight and associated emotions of joy and release.
“As my pencils and charcoal dance and skitter over the paper I sense I am releasing the secrets of myself and those of my subject. Drawing is an internal dialogue, a conversation between artist and nature, during which each small detail is discussed. By its very nature my drawing is an invitation to the viewer to ‘listen in’.”
Eight minutes of video company with Magie – has many fascinating lingering still-life shots of her studio, while she chats about her design work and creative process. She is interesting but the exploring camera is magical, with a very satisfying and nosey look around her place of work. Everywhere you look there are springboards for new ideas and texture.
“My palette of choice is the colours of a beach… it was another self-taught skill – everything I’ve done so far, I just seem to have got the materials and figured it out. I just got an article on tent stitch, bought myself some canvas and got started and absolutely loved it.”
(This first canvas was made AFTER she had said she could do it and been commissioned to design a canvas for Hugh – Hugh Ehrman, owner of a company which makes and sells needlepoint/tapestry kits.) I have rather a few of such kits.
One time, I made a pilgrimage to the Ehrman shop in London, and fell in love with their wall display: light open boxed shelving and in each box, a completed, colourful sewn tapestry cushion. Glorious.
Textile is a universal language. In all of the cultures of the world, textile is a crucial and essential component. Therefore if you’re beginning with thread, you’re halfway home. There’s a level of familiarity that immediately breaks down any prejudice.
See her works displayed in a current exhibition in Canada’s Textile Museum (55 Centre Avenue, Toronto, Ontario), open til 5th February.
Or see her in this 5 minute video of her recreating original sewn panels for the Ford Company – originally made by her 50 years ago, receiving great support from the architect of the building. Now, 50 years later, she points out with fun that the assistant standing on a stepladder, putting finishing touches to the installation, is the age she was back then. “I don’t think I’ll be wearing a mini skirt today” she says with a smile.