Wow....I was so excited when I saw your thread title. I JUST finished my senior project for my BFA in sculpture. Can you guess what it was? A Knit Installation! I REALLY need to post pictures of it. I've taken more than a year off of craftster so I wouldn't be distracted (you guys are really addicting!), but I'm trying to ease my way back in. I will definitly post pics of it when I finish my thesis. Ha, guess what I'm supposed to be working on right now?
I love your piece. I'd really like to see pictures of the whole room and the overall effect. How many did you make? They look beautiful close up, do you have any pics of the knitted shells? I've seen things like that with solid fabric, but I would never have thought of lace knitting. The drawings are a smart addition, it makes people look closer at the balloons. Adding the extra yarn as a ribbon is a nice little touch, probably helps "fill" the room and lead the eye up. Ooooh....this sounds really amazing looking, I wish you had more pictures.
Um, yeah, I think I've been spending too much time obsessing over my own knit installation, that I'm a little too excited to see others. Sorry.
I'm pretty sure I've broken a lot of stereotypes this year.
I've spent the past year, since February, knitting EVERYWHERE I go. Train, coffee shop, sidewalk outside coffee shop, doctors, work, school, Comic Convention (I was praying that Kevin Smith didn't see them, I was like 3 rows away from him and I was sure he would get everyone to look at me), you name it, I've brought my needles. And if I didn't have my needles with me, or I thought it would be too rude to be knitting, I had sweaters that I was pulling apart to salvage yarn.
Once people got over the fact that I was knitting in public, it became, "What the hell are you knitting with those huge needles?!?!" Did I mention the fact I was working on Bright Red Plastic Size 50 Needles? I never had a satisfactory answer for them. At least you guys can say sweater, scarf, sock and people get that. Me? I was working on a sculpture.
So now I'm knitting in public, on bright red size 50's, dismantled sweaters falling out of my bag and now they want to know what I mean by sculpture. At that point I usually give up and say it's a project for school. Simple, mostly true, and they'll usually wander off by then. If they stick around, I would give them a 10 minute explanation of my work. I love talking about my art, but I want to make sure they actually want to hear it first.
I'm kinda sad that the installation is over, but hopefully a gallery will pick it up and I can exhibit it publicly. Oooooh, I can dream, can't I? For now, I'm finally learning to knit on normal needles, but god, they are TINY! These 6's are like toothpicks compared to my 50's.
Hmm...I'm fairly right-handed with a few exceptions. When I knit, I tend to switch between lefty and righty without paying attention. My grandmother pointed it out one day and I've had to be conscious of which side I'm working ever since. I have even switched mid row. It's pretty weird.
March - That isn't the room that it will be installed in, that black room is a mere 18'x20'. The floor in the big room is gray, and I don't have plans right now to cover it (fear of people tripping as they walk through). I do plan on putting piles of old sweaters under the walls, or in corners. I'm still working out ideas for it.
Did I mention that it's almost completely from recycled sweaters?
clicksticks - anything to make you feel better Just think of all the projects you can do by justifying "Well at least I'm not as crazy as that knit maze girl!"
Hah, my senior project for art school is knitting a GIANT maze. It will be like a hedge maze, but with knit walls instead of hedges. I'm doing it on size 50 needles, but I need miles of knitting to do it. I posted about it here.
And here's a pic of the test run I did last month. The lights are normally very dim for the installation, this was just for the picture. Oh, and you can even see my ginourmous needles in the bottom right corner.
oh, wow. I can't believe I found this KAL. My entire senior project revolves around re-knitting old sweaters. I could keep this KAL going all year just by myself.
I can explain. I'm a sculpture major at an art school, and required to do a massive senior project to graduate. Mine has developed into a large knit maze out of old sweaters. There is a lot of deeper meaning behind it, but mainly it's about texture, visual aestethics and memory. I'm creating a hedgemaze, but with huge panels of knit as the walls. I'm using size 50 needles to do this (absurdly large, but make it go very fast), plus I love the idea of being able to see through the walls of a maze. The majority of it is old sweaters that I have frogged, but I am mixing in some new yarn occasionally. I must thank my grandmother, who has been doing tons of knitting for me.
I did a test run of it two weeks ago, in a small installation room (18x20ft). That's what all of the pictures are from. Next November I plan on using a HUGE room, so I'll be doing lots of knitting until then.