“Produced as an artistic effort or for decorative purpose”
This is pretty damn broad in my opinion, and encompasses pretty much everything. Maybe that’s fair. However, in my travels I have definitely come across knitters who take it not only to another level but also in another direction.
Today, I’d like to show off a few. I warn you: they are certainly not making hats. . .
First up is :
She’s been knitting for over 50 years & teaches as well as produces. The piece above, as well as all I’ve seen of her other work, just makes me want to see more & to stare at it: It pleases me.
Then we have:
This does not please me. This makes me feel uncomfortable and uneasy, it upsets something in my on a visceral level. Does that make it art?
Then, there is:
This also feels highly organic to me, and speaks of pain of some kind (although God alone knows what kind, but it’s definitely not the pain of ‘being-a-sweater’).
Then, finally, there is Donya Coward:
Does the fact that this makes me happy make me less “artful”? Her work is amazingly skilled & unusual (and I’m not just saying that because she is British).
. . . Personally, I think all creativity is art if it comes from the heart of the producer– if its intention is to express the self–and that can include a sweater or even a lap top case.
Your thoughts are welcome, as always.