Knitting Nation Manifesto By: Liz Collins, 2008
“Knitting Nation likes to play games with color, chance, and form, asking groups of creative people to act intuitively within a large framework, thereby encouraging individual creative input into collectively made pieces.” Page 2
This sounds like fun and Liz Collins’s work is amazing. The way she described KN’s ideology regarding collaboration reminded me of collaborating on framing projects with my friends at FU. You never knew what someone would bring in. There were plenty of typical things like family photos and diplomas but lots of fun and surprising things came in too, like a giant poster of a chubby Mozart, a 5 foot African spear, and fun, colorful art that the client wanted to frame uniquely. It was interesting to watch how each different member of the team approached design—what inspired them, what part they wanted to focus on, and what their favorite design tools were, or were at the moment. Everything was a group project but the aesthetics depended on who designed it, which was usually up to chance, dependent on who was in and came out of the shop when the bell rang. Each person functioned as an individual designer but also an assistant to another designer and a member of a team executing one person’s creative plan.
I tried to find out how to join Knitting Nation on Liz Collins’s website but I couldn’t find it. Although I did find some inspiration as to what form my final project could take.
I’ve been enjoying experimenting with folding-based Shibori techniques. I’ve also been trying out these videos on Youtube. Mine don’t always turn out like the video but I’m experimenting with how different fabric weights affect the results as well as manipulating the techniques.
My collection of samples is quite large and I’ve continued to create a label code to go with notebook documentation of the steps taken to achieve each sample. I really wish I had more time to experiment; there’s still so many techniques I want to try.
It’s been challenging these past couple weeks to dedicate time to dyeing with so many deadlines coming up for other classes, but I feel like if I don’t prioritize this I’ll miss out on the valuable opportunity that is this class. I find some comfort in knowing that continuing to practice Shibori dyeing outside of class requires no additional equipment or space, so I could foreseeably continue to experiment on my own. My plan is to spend another day dyeing next week and hopefully one more the following week before focusing on my final project, as well as all of the other finals…. Meh.
Final pole wrapping technique samples from previous week below.