31 posts tagged Knitting
31 posts tagged Knitting
American artist Dave Cole transforms existing machinery into awesome new devices with functions completely unrelated to their original purpose. In 2012 he transformed a 22,000 pound steam roller into The Music Box. Instead of flattening surfaces the machine now plays the “Star Spangled Banner.”
Though Cole stripped most of the weight out of the compactor to make the sculpture more manageable, it still weighs in at 2,000 pounds. The sculpture was commissioned by the Cleveland Institute of Art.
Back in 2005 Dave Cole created The Knitting Machine. Two enormous excavators were fitted with 20-foot-long knitting needles and positioned across from each other. Working together they knitted an oversized American flag. Click here to watch video footage of The Knitting Machine.
A Hungarian artist who goes by the name Babukatorium spent three months creating this awesomely intricate piece of guerilla knitting aka yarnbombing. The colouful crocheted piece is composed of 247 round spiderwebs in 13 colours. It took the artist three days to affix her beautiful creation to this tree, which is located somewhere in Veszprém, Hungary.
Babukatorium was inspired to create the piece after watching a performance of Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream:
She said: ‘I’m obsessed with spiderwebs and rainbows and so when I saw this tree after the performance I thought it would be perfect for yarnbombing.
‘I used a lot of yarn and attached it with rainbow ribbons. At the end I was exhausted and surprised because I didn’t think I would be able to complete it. I was also surprised because people love it, and come to visit the tree just to see the work.’
Nature enthusiast and fibre artist Leigh Martin has been hard at work on an awesome project entitled 52 Forms of Fungi for which she is knitting beautiful and impressively realistic pieces of fungi each week. They look particularly wonderful photographed in natural settings.
“It’s no secret that I have an affinity for fungi, and that I am also a slightly obsessed knitter. I’ve decided to challenge myself this year (because after all, what is the New Year for if not for challenges) to take my favorite combo (knitting and fungi) to the next level by knitting 52 different forms of fungi in 2013.”
From the Department of Awesome Acts of Kindness comes the bittersweet story of Charlie, a handsome green male Eclectus parrot, rescued from dire circumstances by Rebecca Blagg. Before he was rescued Charlie nearly starved to death and had plucked out his own feathers due to his desperate situation. But now he lives in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, England with Rebecca, who takes excellent care of Charlie, nursing him back to health and giving him the love he deserves. And to help him keep warm while his feathers grow back, Rebecca knitted Charlie a cute little parrot-sized sweater.
Thank goodness for awesome acts of kindness and adorable knitting projects.
Photo by Doug Marke
Here at the Geyser of Awesome we’re no stranger to animals wearing sweaters. We’ve seen Shetland Ponies wearing sweaters, cats wearing sweaters, and even an adorable pug wearing an awesome dalek sweater. But this might be the first time we’ve seen a snake wearing a sweater.
Meet Milky Joe. Milky Joe’s thoughtful human, Stephanie Christine Davidson, didn’t want her cute cold-blooded friend to get cold during the winter, so she commissioned Kacie Kim (aka Unicorn Girl) to knit this awesome pink sweater for him. How sweet is that?
We must say, it looks great on him and now we sort of wish we had a long, full-body sweater we could wriggle into. Visit Stephanie’s blog to watch a video of Milky Joe enjoying his cozy, pink sweater.
Do you remember the awesome knitted brain we posted about a few weeks ago? We may have just found the rest of the body.
Canadian artist Shanell Papp knitted this life-size reproduction of a dissected human corpse for an awesome and elaborate Lab installation that includes containers and displays for each of the internal organs. It’s the coziest gross anatomy class you’ve ever seen.
Shanell “has long been fascinated by death and the human body. This installation of a human body being dissected was an expression of that interest:
“To make the work, I borrowed a human skeleton from the university and collected anatomical textbooks. I also managed to track down a mortuary gurney for displaying the work–a mortuary gave me a gurney after a renovation…they were looking to get rid of it since “people are were getting too fat for the gurney.” I also worked in an old hospital turned history museum. I also went to open house day at a local funeral…they gave me a decorative pen. During my graduate studies, I was granted open access to the gross anatomy lab, though I was long finished making LAB/skeleton at this point. I was given access to draw, look around…. It is always funny how specimens are collected and cared for.”
Psychiatrist Dr Karen Norberg, of the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts knitted this awesome, anatomically correct replica of the human brain.
Using different colour to represent different parts of the brain, it took Dr. Norberg one year to complete her project. She used yarn because she thought “the wool lent itself to creating the right “rippling” effect for parts of the brain and was easier to manipulate than other materials.”
The frontal cortex is cream and pale green, the visual cortex a mix of blue, purple and turquoise while the hippocampus is made up of baby pink wool. The two sides of the nine inch brain - one and a half times life size - are joined together by a zip with the cerebellum knitted in blue and spinal cord trailing off in white strands of wool.
According to Dr Norberg the project was a labour of love:
“For me, there were two humorous aspects. One was simply to undertake such a ridiculously complex, time consuming project for no practical reason. The second was the idea of making a somewhat mysterious and difficult object - a brain - out of a ‘cuddly’, cheerfully coloured, familiar material like cotton yarn.”
The wonderful woolly brain is currently on display at the Boston Museum of Science.