Book review – Knitting Art

This book was sent to me to review on my blog.

Knitting Art: 180 innovative works from 18 contemporary artists

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I love the gorgeous photography and the colourful knitted pieces. This is not a ‘how to’ book, it is an anthology of knitted art by a number of different artists. I wouldn’t normally buy this type of book, tending more towards ‘technique’ type books. But I loved this one.

It focuses on the work of 18 different artists using knitting as their medium. Along with the photographs of their work, each artist talks about how they came to do what they do, their inspiration, their process and how they get ideas and structure their day as an artist. They are all from North America and their knitted works vary from wearable art to huge installations. And superhero suits…

Even though I don’t use knitting in my work (yet!) I enjoyed reading about what motivates them as artists. And got ideas. One of them, Jeung-Hwa Park, ties her knitting round resists such as stones and then felts it. The tied areas don’t felt so you get the contrast between the texture of the felted and unfelted parts.

It’s a book to read one artist at a time and I’m sure I will be dipping into it constantly as I grow as an artist myself.

The photos are gorgeous, both close up and of the whole thing.

Here are the vital statistics:

Author: Karen Searle

ISBN: 978-0-7603-3067-8

Retail: $34.95US – $38.50CAN – £25.00

Hardcover / 8.5 x 11 / 160 pages / 171 color photos

Pub Date: October 2008

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3 Responses to Book review – Knitting Art

  1. Valeri 6th December 2008 at 9:48 pm #

    How very upmarket being sent books to review! I’m not a knitter but I’m very impressed!

  2. joyce 7th December 2008 at 3:15 am #

    oh my. how awesome. just my kind of book. i really don’t need to buy any more art books, but this one is irresistable!

  3. Candy Schultz 15th December 2008 at 1:30 am #

    I just saw this book somewhere recently. It looked very interesting.

    Happy Holidays and feel better soon.