My Opening!

My reception was on March 3rd, 2011. There was tons of wonderful food  served. Thank you to all of my friends for coming and to the new friends that joined us. Enjoy my show 🙂

   

   

  

   

     

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Play-The Forms of Joy (Part IV)

 

 

Knitting ring # 1

ring/2011

yarn/ fresh water pearl/ silver

Dimensions/ height width depth/ 72mm x 50mm x 15mm

Knitting ring # 2

ring/2011

yarn/ fresh water pearl/ silver

Dimensions/ height width depth/ 72mm x 50mm x 15mm

Tube brooch # 1

brooch/2011

yarn/ silver/ stainless steel

Dimensions/ height width depth/ 125mm x 45mm x 25mm

Tube brooch # 2

brooch/2011

yarn/ silver/ stainless steel

Dimensions/ height width depth/ 125mm x 45mm x 25mm

Knitting brooch 

brooch/2011

yarn/copper/ stainless steel

Dimensions/ height width depth/ 150mm x 70mm x 50mm

Flower brooch

brooch/2011

yarn/ silver/ stainless steel

Dimensions/ height width depth/ 200mm x 110mm x 30mm

Tube necklace

necklace/2011

yarn/ silver/ wood ball

Dimensions/ height width depth/ 450mm x 250mm x 30mm

Blossom flower necklace

necklace/2011

yarn/ thread

Dimensions/ height width depth/ 600mm x 300mm x 60mm

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Getting Ready for my Show

I cut the sweater into pieces and covered the top of the styrofoam frame to create my special canvas that I then pinned the brooch on.

     

     

        

    

My show is exhibiting from March 01.2011- April. 01.2011 in Fahm Gallery. If you have time please stop in to see my show. Please feel free to try the knitting tool on the table, every loop that you knit will become a part of the final piece in this show! I will transform this knitting into a complete neck piece after everybody has added their additional loops.   🙂

Fahm Gallery

1N Fahm Street Savannah.GA 31401

Mon- Wed/ 08:00 am- 11:30 pm

           Thur/ 08:00am- 08:00pm

             Fri/ 09:00am- 11:30 pm

 sat & Sun/ 12:00pm- 11:30pm

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Play-The Forms of Joy (Part II)

I made the metal knitting tools and used them to knit the yarn parts of the jewelry pieces. I knitted them to long tubes and then played with different constructions.

Pipe brooch #1

brooch/2011

yarn/ fresh water pearl/ silver/ stainless steel

 Dimensions/ height width depth/ 65mm x 65mm x 20mm

Pipe brooch #2

brooch/2011

yarn/ silver/ stainless steel

 Dimensions/ height width depth/ 90mm x 50mm x 20mm

Poured textile

brooch/2010

yarn/ silver/ stainless steel

 Dimensions/ height width depth/ 65mm x 65mm x 20mm


Pipe guys brooch

brooch/2010

yarn/ fresh water pearl/ silver/ stainless steel

 Dimensions/ height width depth/ 155mm x 110mm x 25mm

 

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Play-The Forms of Joy (part I)

Since Fall 2010, I started to work on pieces for my MA show. This series of rings was my first creation.I created small round and oval jewelry scale knitting buddy tools which produced a tube shape when knitted.

   

     

Finger ring #1

ring/2010

cooper/ yarn

Dimensions/ height width depth/ 75mm x 25mm x 25mm

 

Finger rings #2

ring/2010

cooper/ yarn

Dimensions/ height width depth/ 70mm x 72mm x 31mm

Next I made a series of brooches using yarn, thread and rubber. I applied these skills through weaving, knitting, and sewing. These works have given me different images and ideas through color, texture, and material when the work is done.

Blue furry wave with fresh water pearls 

brooch/2010

copper/ fresh water pearl/ stainless steel/ yarn

Dimensions/ height width depth/ 90mmx 68mmx 31mm

  

Blue and green flower

brooch/2010

copper/ yarn/ stainless steel

     Dimensions/ height width depth/ 70mm x 70mm x 50mm

Carnival #1

brooch/2010

balloon/ copper/ stainless steel

Dimensions/ height width depth/ 95mm x 75mm x 25mm

     

Carnival #2

brooch/2010

copper/ shower curtain/ stainless steel

Dimensions/ height width depth/ 70mm x 70mm x 30mm

     

Carnival # 3

brooch/2010

yarn/ copper/ stainless steel

Dimensions/ height width depth/ 90mm x 70mm x 31mm

         

Pink furry skirt

brooch/2010

copper/ yarn/ stainless steel

Dimensions/ height width depth/ 100mm x 72mm x 35mm

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It Is All About Play

                  

                       When I was a little girl, I spent a lot of time with dolls. I enjoyed not only playing with the dolls, but also making and clothes and toys for them using scraps of cloth and yarn. The organic forms provided by the knit tubes created flexibility in their toys and playthings. Knitting brought me great enjoyment although the skill was not yet fully formed. Play brings us a sense of pleasure and enjoyment and it maintains a significant role in our life. Without play, life can be boring and dull.
                                     

                       In this series of work, I apply the skills and knowledge of knitting with the action of fun and play. When in the process of making an object, the hand and mind engage material and that emotional engagement is essential to the maker. It is this aspect of the creative experience that I am passionate about. The process of making also becomes an essential part of the identity of objects. The engagement of hand and mind activates a genuine creative space in which I am free to generate more interesting and tactile objects.
                       The objects of textile craft surround us. They are what we knit, sew, weave, wear, pat, touch, clean, wash, and rely on. The material is related to our daily life yet still reminds me of a childhood memory. To transform this soft familiar material I created a jewelry scale knitting buddy tool which produced a tube shape when knitted. When connected with the metal counterpart they create the form of the piece. The shapes of the knitting tools are in reference to the tubes that I created in my early childhood. The material engages the viewer to interact with the tactile nature of the piece and enjoy its sense of play.
                      Playful imagery reminds one of pleasure and enjoyment. By creating these pieces each has a unique and playful nature that introduces itself by exerting a fun and creative personality. The personally shaped knitting buddies give each piece a life of their own and an opportunity for the viewers to experience and enjoy the process for each piece.

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Fleshy clutch purse

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               Food manufacturers create products by manipulating ingredients to stimulate our appetites, setting in motion a cycle of desire and consumption that ends with overeating. The product can be anything we want it to be, more sugar is always better than less. The amount of sugar, fat and salt in food we consume goes beyond the natural level and that just means we desire it all the more. This leads to a set of issues from obesity.

              We see images of obesity around us every day, but they do little to change our behavior. By mirroring the intensity of sensation we have when eating this new engineered food, I create an immediate experience of weight gain. In the intimate space between the arm and the body, I insert an imitation of obese human flesh with pearl for a wearer to experience. Like a precious clutch purse tucked carefully under the arm, the pearls set in silicon intrigue. It is an object to stimulate desire, a precious icon for people to want to carry. At the same time it presents the issue of obesity, and the impact of our appetites.  

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