Other bits:

turtle pin cushionI had a spare bit of green wool leftover and decided to use it up with these two little patterns; the first with the turtle by building it up through four tiny legs, a head and a body. This style of animal is called an “amigurumi”, which is a combination of ‘ami’ meaning crocheted or knitted, ‘nuigurumi’ meaning stuffed doll (in Japanese). They are typically animals, but not always; being either renderings or inanimate objects that obtained living features.

So I tried another; this being a frog that was made up of two sides the same that were stitched together, around another ‘bag’ with an opening at the front, which was where the zipper was placed. It was not much in the way of ‘art’, by anyone’s definition, but it was an exploration into the different methods and styles of the textile world of which I started the summer frog purseknowing nothing about.

There are several “Textile designers” who use knitting patterns and styles to create their ‘art pieces’: Inga Hamilton is one such person from Northern Ireland, her work evolves and changes although, most of her work is made then used by being worn in performance style art for activism, although not all of the her activism is performance art. One project “Coral collective” where they gave out crochet packs to waiting patients to ease the waiting time, another “Let me ease your day” was where she made and set up various lounge rooms which were taken by the public and passed on.







Artist research that I found but havent connected yet:

Ursula von RydingsvardIn the Yorkshire sculpture park’s underground gallery there Ursula von Rydingsvard (7)is Ursula Von Rydingsvard’s exhibition of work which consists namely of cedar wood, glue and graphite, making grand sculptures that confront you with their ability to invade space whilst being simple in their design and meaning. Whilst the sculptures are amazing, and some of her other work; consisting of some stranger materials (cow intestines and stomachs), particularly since she doesn’t use a sketchbook or note down any of her ideas first, there are other, smaller results of her artistic ideas.

Ursula von Rydingsvard (4)One particular piece is a very traditional knitted scarf, patched and frayed from years, others are just found objects; spades and ladles. Others are pressed skins and internal organs into shapes and repetitive designs from being folded and embossed. One of my favourite pieces consists of knitted, dried skins of cow intestines into two long tubular pieces of material.

Susie MacMurray 'legacy 1'

Susie MacMurray ‘legacy 1’

In the York St Mary gallery there is an exhibition called “Finding the Value” which was created by the York Art Gallery in response to what was left of the Madsen collection there. One particular artist there: Susie MacMurray, responded through the idea of what a gift actually is, and how that context transforms the perception of the object that has been given”. MacMurray create a series of small items which she wrapped in gold-plated wire and packed into a suitcase belonging Peter Madsen; by covering them she obscures the objects and makes them into something more as his gifts to the gallery were to them. The collections and materials he gave to the collection were important and not just for the gallery, as they were brought together over a lifetime, they must had collected a significance through stories and memories which are no longer understood or known.















Companion cube:

first attempt at crochet

first attempt at crochet

third try at companion cube seperate pieces pattern

second attempt with separate pieces

I decided since I was using my own time, I should make something I would want; hence I googled for some interesting pattern, the companion cube from portal was one the most popular ones. However I quickly realized that they required skills I didn’t have; namely crochet; which turned out rather badly when I tried the double pattern knot. (incidentally if any mistakes are made, it is difficult if not impossible to remove) Then I attempted one pattern that recommend doing the cube in pieces, and shaping the pieces to only what you see, which ended with some strangely shaped pieces. I then tried snip and stitch which is where you cut the requires length of wool for however many stitches you need and keep repeating that throughout the pattern. It was bulky, and small. I then tried stranded knitting, which is useful for more than one colour, and involves passing the knit over the needles, but not turning it around, keeping the colours at the back of the piece, where the change from colour, mid way for however many stitches is hidden. In my attempt, I made it too tight and it ended up scrunched up and unable to flatten. I gave up stranded knitting as a bad job.

first try at companion cube snip and stitch

third try with snip and stitch

After all these failing attempts I decided to make my own pattern, I drew out the cube, with all the pieces separate, and how I would attach them all at the end, then made all the sizes and how many stitches each separate piece would need, and how many I would need of each. Then I knit each piece,(x6 dark grey backgrounds, x6 hearts, x6 light grey circles, x12 pink strands [one grey panel long], x24 light grey corners, x24 light grey sides) then I started to compile them; attaching the panels first and then all the rest, after which I sew the panels together and stuffed, I took about half a bag to fill it, I also used a little stuffing in each corner and side to elevate them as the actual companion cube does.

second try at companion cube stranded stitch

fourth try with stranded knitting

The only real problem I had, aside for all the bad first tries, was the hearts, curves and circles are awkward shapes in knitting, as stocking stitch usually does square based shapes and patterns, however I found a pattern for a simple heart shape after a few tries, here, which was gold.

stitching base together

stitching bases together

finished cube

finished cube