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« on: July 31, 2008 04:05:49 AM »

Some of you might remember a while back I posted some tiny little knitted cocoons, which were part of my desperate attempt to get into university, well, my fial piece is all finished now, and back from the exhibition so I can post up some lovely pictures of it in all its knitted glory! It changed from a simple design to something which I spent two whole months spending pretty much my every waking moment working on or thinking about. I also got into university and had some great feedback from the people who came to see it in the show, so, here it is!

Its hanging in my opld living room, I lived in a converted bakery with runnish windows, so I appologise for the light!

I finger crocheted that whole back piece, also I don't know if you can see any of it but theres some handspun yarn in there too, my first attempt at it and I made my own dropspin.

I cut through some of the layers of knitting to show the layers better.

I embroidered words that people connected with 'shelter' onto the outside, as that was the title of my project, and the cocoon is a representation of my internal shelter, and how I protect myself.

All in all it took a lot of work. I did half of the knitting on a Knitmaster, about a quater by hand and the rest on my fingers. The whole structure is held up with a welded steel frame, but it is very light. Also it is about 6 foot 5 inches tall. I am thinking about weaving into it in the future, maybe with some screen printed material, but I shall see how it goes. If you want to know more about my project, or what it is about, feel free to ask, I won't bore you all with my arty ramblings now though!

Thanks for looking  Grin


« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2008 05:28:12 AM »

I'm blown away! That is beautiful and it must have taken so much work and commitment. Congratulations Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2008 05:39:51 AM »

wow.. this is crazy cool!

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« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2008 07:38:12 AM »

Wow, I can't imagine how much time that took! Good work
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2008 11:32:20 AM »

I swear a big thing just haging.. thats quite scary but its impressive.
How heavy is it ?
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« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2008 12:47:53 AM »

Thanks guys!

Its about 5kg I geuss, not too heavy. It was up on branches for the final show with loads of little crocheted cocoons around it. I couldn't take photos inside there though, which sucked.

« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2008 08:43:46 AM »

That is so, so impressive. Congrats!

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« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2008 04:34:36 PM »

that is wonderful  and so creative.  i saw your previous post when you were thinking about your project.  it's such an original idea.  as an architect student i think your ideology behind it is wonderful and it's materiality reflects the diversity of shelter and home.

great job and congrats on getting into university.  have fun in your studios and good luck on the all nighters, i feel your upcomming pain! lol.

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« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2008 09:54:46 PM »

First off, congrats on getting into university!!!!

Second off, OMG THAT'S FREAKING AMAZING!!!!!  *dies*  I can't believe you did all of that yourself. It's absolutely amazing, the idea behind your theme and the way you created it is astonishing.

And my boyfriend thinks it looks like Metapod, you know, the Pokemon?

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« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2008 07:18:46 AM »

Haha, meatpod! Wow, I should have put that in my research, it wouldn have cracked my tutors up. Its actually already different... I just can't stop working on this thing.

Thanks for the pain-feeling! Yeah, I can't wait for the all nighters. I get to do blacksmithing aswell so I'm going to be doing some early mornings up at the forge... yawn.

I really didn't think anyone would like it at all, so really, really thank you all!

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