I started knitting late in my life. I approached it from a pure design angle. Later, especially after I published knitting books, I started seeing the cultural side of it. Its grass-root-meet-conceptual art character fascinates and surprises me every now and then.
I recently read about Sarah Hardacre, 31, from Salford, Manchester, who with helpers knitted a sweater for a bus! I can imagine the fun they had while making the â€œbus coverâ€!
This project reminds me of Isabel Berglund who knitted a room. There is gigantic mushroom, beeâ€™s wings and trees, all knitted in the knitted room. (http://www.isabelberglund.dk/) I want to visit this knitted wonderland when I visit Copenhagen, Denmark. Christien Meindertsma, an artist/designer from Netherlands who made â€œone sheep cardiganâ€ where each cardigan is made with yarn from one sheep. (http://www.christienmeindertsma.com/) Each cardigan is numbered and tagged with the sheepâ€™s picture. The cardigan is not a product but has its own life here.
I looked at the first knitting project I devoted myself to- a yellow asymmetrical tunic dress mixed with clear vinyl tube and wool/polyester yarn, its alien existence is what attracted me to this business in the place. Itâ€™s that little bit quirky and unreal approach to clothes that intrigues me. Obviously running a business is the most realistic thing. But Iâ€™m happy that my first creation is something from the similar sphere of Isabelâ€™s wonderland, a place we can all be child again.