I have been eager for my work to be a continuous development of knitted structures in the final year of my degree. The circular, repeat motifs of knit have been the foundation of my work, which lead me to use a circular knitting loom in my current work.
At the beginning of the semester I experimented with various qualities of yarn, from man-made to natural. I encountered technical issues as the work I was creating was not self supporting. Further experimentation led me to work with wire. Its flexibility makes it pliable and therefore knittable, and it holds its shape whilst standing. Once I had developed a successful structure, I wanted to add individuality to each piece. I introduced horse hair, melted plastics and used red yarn to bunch together rows of the knitted wire. I also began to wrap the wire with coloured thread on the domestic sewing machine to create pieces with colour at one end, which I will talk more about later.
Here are some samples of my work...
White Unravel (2012)
Knitted white and sugar wire with plastic fibre centre
White Wrap (2012)
Knitted silk covered wire with horse hair
Copper Heat (2012)
Knitted copper wire with interlacing threads and pre-knit wires
Red Thread 1 (2012)
Knitted wire with thread
Bottle Neck (2012)
knitted blue and red wire
Blue Melt (2012)
Knitted navy and blue wires
Colour Fill (2012)
Knitted wire with pre-knit wire in centre
Twine Barrel (2012)
Knitted wire and twine