Yarn Box

This semester I am taking a painting class. For the second project I had researched artist Lydia Gifford and applied three of her themes to my piece. This included monochromatic materials, try
layering and challenging traditional methods of painting in combination with sculptural aspects. Here I was able to reverse my artistic practice, which is usually deconstructing painting through colour, to the use of paint with very tactile materials.
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many things. I am grateful to be able to take a cab tomorrow morning. I want to be early, like get there for 7am, so I can put rust on my shirts, because that needs to be done. Even though I have many things I feel like nothing is 100% done and everything is sitting at a solid half doneness. I feel like this is a large project for me and that is exciting. Although, it almost got ruined when my pipes decided to leak all over the place, because, of course, I was keeping my suitcase of work right where the pipes decided to leak.

I have to give  a half hour talk on Friday for the FINA class and that is not exciting. Mainly my talk will be about bricolage and how I use it in wearable artworks. I dont like talking very much, especially public talking in front of a group of people. I think I will bring up artists like Nick Cave and the fellow that bricolages golf bags (I’ll have to look him up again when I get home from work), and anyone else I can think of.

– Chelsey Wensveen

 
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many things. I am grateful to be able to take a cab tomorrow morning. I want to be early, like get there for 7am, so I can put rust on my shirts, because that needs to be done. Even though I have many things I feel like nothing is 100% done and everything is sitting at a solid half doneness. I feel like this is a large project for me and that is exciting. Although, it almost got ruined when my pipes decided to leak all over the place, because, of course, I was keeping my suitcase of work right where the pipes decided to leak.

I have to give  a half hour talk on Friday for the FINA class and that is not exciting. Mainly my talk will be about bricolage and how I use it in wearable artworks. I dont like talking very much, especially public talking in front of a group of people. I think I will bring up artists like Nick Cave and the fellow that bricolages golf bags (I’ll have to look him up again when I get home from work), and anyone else I can think of.

– Chelsey Wensveen

 
This year for Christmas one of my favourite gifts my mom gave to me was a three month subscription to a company called Yarn Box.

They have four different subscriptions you can choose from:

Yarn Box Socks which is the cheapest subscription, recipe you usually get enough wool to knit a pair of socks this also includes a pattern.

Yarn Box Classic which is what I have been getting. My first project I got enough wool to knit a shawl and my second project was a knit plush kitten toy pattern. They also give crochet patterns with this subscription.

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Yarn Box Luxe is a seasonal subscription so only 4 a year. You get a lot of wool in this package its one of the most expensive ones but you get really interesting fibres. This also includes a pattern.

And the last one is called Yarn Box Art Yarns this one is also seasonal and more expensive but you get a lot of wool and really interesting fibres.

Im really happy with what I have been getting I would recommend this to anyone who likes to knit or crochet. There is usually up to 5 different color-ways for each month and they are all usually pretty nice. When you sign up you get to customize what colours and yarn weights you like so they can try and match up the best yarn for you.

 

-Nicole

 

 

Knit Party Fun

Over reading break in my hometown I decided to try and teach people how to knit.

I hosted a Wool and the Gang knitting party where they set up the event and sell the wool but I teach the class.

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It was very successful 13 people signed up and everyone finished there Snood Operator which was the name of the project.

 

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The knitting projects are super fun and for all levels of knitting and the best part is that you get your project for half the price and the host gets one for free!

Knit Parties

 

-Nicole

Material Choices

Some of the wool I have been using this semester comes from a company called:

Wool and the Gang.

 

They sell interesting fibres like their mixtape yarn which is made from upscycled t-shirt scraps.

Or the Jersey Be Good yarn which uses scraps from factory floors in the fashion industry.

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I usually just buy their Crazy Sexy Wool because wool is my favourite fibre to knit with and is natural, viagra order renewable and biodegradable.

 

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Wool and the Gang has been changing the way fashion is created and consumed. They sell sustainable products and patterns, and sell readymade hand knit clothes and accessories.

They also try to promote people to learn to knit to promote people to buy less and make more.

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” Wool and the Gang was born — pioneering fashion production that’s made in a sustainable way, bringing back knitting as a viable means of production for generations to come.”  -Wool and the Gang

 

-Nicole

Interview

Last week I went to check out the library book sale that ACAD had going on and I found some goodies! The one I was most excited about was this “Kaleidoscope – New Quilts from an Old Favorite” book.

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photo by Madison Appleton

I have made a couple blankets in the past and have really enjoyed the process. Lately I have been thinking about learning how to quilt but what scares me is how precise and exact you have to be. The style of quilts that you traditionally see are very…well, more about traditional, ailment so it was nice to see the quilts in this book which are more brightly coloured and ‘funky’. This style of quilting interests me a lot more and fits more with my practice using crystals and the geometric shape. The use of colour in the quilts in this book inspire me to continue using such vibrant colours in my work.

 

~Madde~

An interview with Madde Appleton

Q. Did you always know you wanted to go into fibre when you came to ACAD?

“I had no idea! I tried out a lot of different areas in my first year, seek and even in my second year. But after my first year I definitely started to realize fibre was one of my favourites, and that interest has continued to grow ever since!”

Q. What do you like to focus on in your practice? (materials, techniques, concept?)

“I like to focus on the colours of my materials and the tactile nature they provide. I like my materials to be soft, often giving off the feeling of comfort and making one feel cozy. My materials are usually very colourful and bright. “

Q. What is one of your pieces (or series) that you are the most proud of?

“Something that I am most proud of would probably have to be a set of 2 handwoven bamboo scarves I made at the end of my third year. They were the product of trying something new: a new loom, new materials, new patterns, new techniques. I was super happy with how they turned out and by trying something new I fell in love with another material, bamboo, which I now will use in my weaving quite frequently!”

 

Thanks Madde!

 

-Nicole

Fashion & Sustainability

A fast approaching call for submissions!

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Most of my research for my grad paper this semester has been on the topic of sustainable fashion. I came across a really useful book in the library titled Sustainable Fashion & Textiles Design Journeys by Kate Fletcher. I have since then bought her book Fashion & Sustainability Design for Change and am looking to buy her other books.

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There is a lot of interesting and useful information in the books including things like sustainable pattern making, material choices and production choices.

There is also mention of many artists and fashion designers doing sustainable work including artist Marie Ilse Bourlanges.

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A project of hers titled Decay provides an example of slowness as a process of designing. Eight knitted garments capture traces of past behaviors, their surface pattern conveying the finding of deep research into the natural motions of the body. An outer carbon paper suit works as a registration device to trace the body movements onto an inner white blouse. The imprint on the blouse is then translated into a pattern. The final pieces articulate the expression of a body over time through changes to a garment`s surface.

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Below is a link to Kate Fletchers website, which includes her great sustainable fashion blog and many of her sustainable fashion projects like Craft of Use.

Along with a link to Marie Ilse Bourlanges website and Decay project,

Kate Fletcher Website and Blog

Marie Ilse Bourlanges Decay Project

 

-Nicole

 

Knit Clock

I came across this knitting clock designed by Siren Elise Wilhelmsen.

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I think its a really interesting object I would love to have one but  I don’t think they are currently for sale.

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The clock knits 24 hours a day one year at the time, geriatrician showing the physical representation of time as a creative and tangible force. After 365 days the clock has turned the passed year into a 2 m long scarf.

Here is Her Website

 

-Nicole

Things are Getting Better

As midterm has suddenly approached I am left feeling overwhelmed and slightly behind.

As some of you may know I have had many issues with my warp being twisted in many directions and it has taken a lot more time than I had planned it would.

I am finally threading and hoping not to have as many issues while weaving.

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I had also had some issues with the knitting machine I was given It had kept getting stuck in-between stitches and dropping stitches. But it seems to be working now since ordering a new sponge bar for underneath.

I am finally feeling like I’m at a point where things might actually work out and get done!

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-Nicole

Sandra Backlund: Twists & Layers

This past Friday I attended the opening of Charlotte Moth’s Living Images show and Celia Perrin Sidarous’ show titled Interiors, prostate Other Chambers. Both are solo exhibitions installed parallel to one another at the Esker Foundation in Inglewood.

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Both Moth’s and Sidarous’ work seems relevant to my practice through common themes and material interests, healing and was also eye opening in terms of installation approaches.  Moth’s work consists of comparing and contrasting different mediums, buy just as mine will. Sidarous’ work spoke most to my interests as I found it most pleasing visually. Her images of collaged and assembled found objects relates to my study of still life art. Within each ‘still life’ photo she creates, the colors became an important aspect in the composition. This is another relevant matter in my practice- color theory. Sidarous’ photographs were not all displayed at eye level as is commonly seen in a gallery setting. Rather, they were hung at varying levels and even a few pieces were resting against the wall on the floor, which only added an additional amount of satisfaction for me.

This well-curated exhibition is one I would and should return to. Openings are great social events with a bonus of  free food and cheap wine, however in order to fully appreciate the artists work it is necessary to visit at a time with less people and distractions.

-Emily

 
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2015 – One Day Only!

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Calgary, AB T2N 0S2

Fibre for Spinning and Felting
Yarns – Lots of Hand Dyed!
Beads and Buttons – Hand Made!
Kits and Crafts
Demonstrations by Vendors

for more information, please see website
When I was doing some research for my Grad paper I came across a Fashion designer named Sandra Backlund.

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I came across some of her work in the book Knitting Fashion, and
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which is found in the library.

Some things I liked in her work was her use of twists and layering. These are some ideas I have been trying to mimic. In one of my designs I would like to create a opened up cable to overlay onto a solid sweater.

Here is a link to her website and some images of her recent work:

Her Website

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-Nicole

Hours & Hours of Work

I have been using a new tool to keep track of the many threads that seems to fly forth from one article to the next as I journey down the rabbit hole. This tool is called Zotero. It was introduced to my class and I in Print 314 by our proffessor Laurel Johannesson. You can download Zotero for free at Zotero.org.

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Zotero works as either a stand alone app or as an add-on for your web browser. This app has been extremely helpful to me because while doing rearch it allows me to easily store, case
recall and catagorize citations for articles, malady
books, etc both found from electronic and paper form.

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You can make notes on each citation you make aswell create folders to put them in to better organize your thoughts. Also by clicking your desired citation then clicking either the URL or DOI it brings you back to the article for easy recall. The best feature to me in the ability to form a bibliography quickly and easily. This is done by selecting the citations you wish to include, then clicking Edit in the top bar followed by Copy Bibiliography.

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To enter you citation into Zotero click the small page icon found in the address bar.

I hope this helps everyone as much as it has me!

 

-Amy
I have been using a new tool to keep track of the many threads that seems to fly forth from one article to the next as I journey down the rabbit hole. This tool is called Zotero. It was introduced to my class and I in Print 314 by our proffessor Laurel Johannesson. You can download Zotero for free at Zotero.org.

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Zotero works as either a stand alone app or as an add-on for your web browser. This app has been extremely helpful to me because while doing rearch it allows me to easily store, patient recall and catagorize citations for articles, books, etc both found from electronic and paper form.

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You can make notes on each citation you make aswell create folders to put them in to better organize your thoughts. Also by clicking your desired citation then clicking either the URL or DOI it brings you back to the article for easy recall. The best feature to me in the ability to form a bibliography quickly and easily. This is done by selecting the citations you wish to include, then clicking Edit in the top bar followed by Copy Bibiliography.

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To enter you citation into Zotero click the small page icon found in the address bar.

I hope this helps everyone as much as it has me!

-Amy
 

A very inspiring designer of mine is Yokoo Gibran. She knits and crochets accessories. Seeing her work was one of the main reasons I decided to teach myself how to knit three years ago. I also enjoy following her Instagram she has a interesting way of placing and photographing objects.

Her Instagram

Cones & cones

Her Shop

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I came across a article about her and her job as a knit wear designer:

New York Times Article

 

The article is about having a successful craft business and how much you might make, population health
but also how busy you can get.

Yokoo Gibran had wrote:

“I have to wake up around 8, get coffee or tea, and knit for hours and hours and hours and hours, I’m like an old lady in a chair, catching up on podcasts, watching old Hitchcock shows. I will do it for 13 hours a day.”

And even after all those hours knitting, she is constantly sketching new designs or trading e-mail messages with 50 or more customers a day.

Sounds great but maybe not so great!

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-Nicole

The Knit Kid

In my search to find a new art journal, glands I stumbled across Frankie. Frankie is a bi-monthly Australian Magazine that covers everyday life happenings and most importantly, art, design and craft!

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On their blog there are sections separating these three topics from each other, bringing an interesting conversation to how a magazine views the differences and similarities between them. Here I found a variety of multi-media artists including textile artists. Most of the art on their page could be categorizedas cute, mundane or even slightly kitschy.

Regardless this magazine is worth an inspection. My favourite artist I found on Frankie is Sula Fay and her embroidery with her own hair onto doilies:

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Find artists printed in Frankie Magazine here:

http://www.frankie.com.au/blogs/art

http://www.frankie.com.au/blogs/craft

http://www.frankie.com.au/blogs/design

And Fay’s artwork here:

http://cargocollective.com/sulabermudez

 

-Emily
While scanning through some blogs over the past month I came across the winners of the 2015 Etsy design awards in Germany and Austria on the Art and Design blog Ignant. There were some really interesting crafted furnishings and accessories, buy including works by:

PetitFou: Paper clutches

&

Nauli: Illustrated hanging lights

The winner of the fashion design award was given to Sabrina Weigt is a high quality knitwear and knitted accessories designer and seller, symptoms
her shop is called:

The Knit Kid

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I like her simple and lightweight designs along with her use of colour.

Her use of machine knitting is inspiring for myself as it is something I wish to explore in the next couple of weeks and see if I can create hand and machine knit garments and accessories combined with woven material.

Her processes and goals is something I look at for inspiration as well as selling my products and creating a craft business is a future goal I wish to achieve.

A bit about her process practice and business goals:

The Knit Kid Etsy Interview

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-Nicole