three Things; Treasury – Knitting and Stitching Show
This time last week we were excited to be heading off to the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show and we had a great time with our minibus full of new friends.
Laura took her camera with her and with permission from the artists snapped a few details of some wonderful felted pieces from both established and up and coming artists. Here are three of her favourite artists from the show,
This piece is the Urchin Wreath by Yulia Badian, Badain is part of the SILKFELT collective. The wreath formed part of an installation of their ‘The Mermaid Project’ collection which was based around body image and body modification. Laura was immediately drawn to the multimedia felt pieces which included felted hair.
The urchin wreath is made from Bergschaf wool, wire, horse hair, shells and sea urchin spines. It was beautiful and Laura resisted the urge to touch although she would have liked to very much.
Stephanie Metz lives in California, this Amorphozoa piece was exhibited as part of the ‘Black Sheep – The Darker Side of Felt’ touring exhibition. In her artist’s statement Metz says “the amorphozoa are an attempt to distil the essence of a creature, to functionally and aesthetically simplify living organisms to mere suggestions of parts”.
Laura was drawn to this particular detail of Metz’ Lorica #6 where the felted wool delicately envelopes the metal mesh on this saddle shaped piece.
Hanny Newton was exhibiting in the Graduate Showcase section of the Knitting and Stitching Show with these felted rocks are part of her ‘In Our Veins’ work. The work is inspired by Cornish miners seeking out precious metal veins in layers of rock. The technique of layering felt padding is usually hidden underneath gold work embroidery but Newton has scaled the technique up and uses industrial felt to create sculptural felt rocks.
Her rocks are embellished with glass on metal pins and copper thread worked into tiny knot like clusters. Laura loved these pieces so much that she bought a smaller piece that had been fashioned into a pendant necklace with a long suede thong, but will have to wait to wear it until the end of the month!
Did you visit the Knitting and Stitching Show? What were your favourites?