29 posts tagged Yarn
29 posts tagged Yarn
Seattle-based artist Carol Milne knits with glass, or rather, she creates wonderful glass sculptures that make it seem as though she’s either a superhuman glass knitter or in possession of enchanted knitting needles and very specialized gloves. The reality is actually much more complicated, but no less awesome. Milne invented her glass knitting technique back in 2006. It’s a process that involves knitting with wax instead of glass, followed by lost-wax casting, mold-making and kiln-casting.
First, a model of the sculpture is made from wax which is then encased by a refractory mold material that can withstand extremely high temperatures. Next, hot steam is used to melt the wax, leaving behind an empty cavity in the shape of the artwork. Pieces of room temperature glass are then placed inside the mold which is then heated to 1,400-1,600 degrees Fahrenheit depending on the type of glass. Afterward, the piece is slowly cooled over a period of several weeks, followed by a careful excavation process, where Milne delicately chips away like an archaeologist to reveal the final piece.
Japanese textile artist betibettin crocheted this awesome bowl of ramen that looks good enough to eat, although we’d recommend using it as a pillow for a post-ramen nap rather than an actual meal. Each ingredient has been expertly crocheted, right down to the tiny curls of green onion.
betibettin created a fascinating video tutorial for this project so we can see just how each ingredient was made. We were particularly curious about how he made the noodles and broth look so realistic.
No please excuse us while we go heat up some Cup Noodle.
Freelance artist and fabricator Jennifer L. Johnson created these mouthwatering, but completely inedible yarn food sculptures. They were made for a Lion Brand Yarn trade show. It may be comfort food that can’t be eaten, but it can still offer comfort as a delight for the eyes and a soft place to rest your head.
Visit Johnson’s website to check out more of her creations.
California-based Yarnboming artists Jill and Lorna Watt of Knits For Life (previously featured here) recently transformed a pair of unassuming benches near the San Francisco Ferry Building into adorably ferocious monsters, complete with six awesome orange feet. The irrepressibly inventive sisters created this delightful yarn installation for an upcoming episode of CCTV America’s new show Full Frame.
[via Laughing Squid]
We’ve posted before about art inspired by Burt Reynolds' 1972 Cosmopolitan centerfold (an eclair!). But, hold on to your Smokey and your Bandit because Etsy artist MollysHeart has created this awesome latch-hooked masterpiece. At 59”x 24.5” it’s only 11” shorter than the actual Burt Reynolds. This one of a kind creation is priced at $2,000, so start saving your pennies or it’s going to be semi-tough to pay for.
This tentacular piece of yarnbombing is the collaborative work of Jill Watt, who blogs as the Dapper Toad, and her sister Lorna of Knits For Life. This isn’t their first knitted creation, but it is their biggest yet.
The sisters used four miles of yarn to transform a Magnolia tree in San Mateo, CA into a giant blue squid. They even included some crocheted goldfish trapped in the squid’s tentacles.
"Lorna, an artist-in-residence for the Downtown San Mateo Association, wrote up a great post on how she and her sister conceived of, designed, and then created the “Yarnbomb Squid Tree.” Jill reports that it took 20 hours on a sweater machine to make enough to cover the tree and that it took them 14 hours to install it, in 91°F weather!”
[via Laughing Squid]
Polish yarn-bomber Olek (previously featured here) recently returned to her homeland where she completed her largest work of guerrilla knitting yet: she and her team of four assistants completely covered a locomotive and three train cars in colourful pieces of crocheted yarn. That is an astonishing amount of knitting. The team worked around the clock for two days and in all sorts of weather to create this massive installation. The beautiful train is now on display in Łódź, Poland through August 19, 2013.
“I was in London at the Animal Ball in the presence of Prince Charles on the 9 of July. Then early on the 10, took a morning flight to Poland (wearing my costume, mask from last night) to work on the locomotive… I had the best crew ever. They worked as hard as I always do,” Olek told Hi-Fructose. “I think I should call this train ‘deadly romance.’ I love it, but it almost killed me. I want to see it again, but I am avoiding it. It is calling my name. But I know how much pain it caused. I am totally in love with it, but hate it in the same time. If the natural progression is to make bigger better pieces, what should I make next? Can someone give me a plane? Or should I go to the moon?”
Visit Hi-Fructose to view more photos of the creation of this amazing example of rogue crocheting.
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.'
Based in Brighton, England, artist Kate Jenkins (previously featured here) creates awesome pieces of crocheted food art. While much of her work depicts foodstuffs from her own country, she recently created a wonderful series of classic American dishes rendered in yarn entitled Kate’s Diner.
All of Kate’s crocheted artwork looks good enough to eat or rest our heads and take a nap on, during which time we would no doubt dream about food.
[via Laughing Squid]