|Techniques:||Hand Knitting, Tie Die (Shibori).|
|Size:||L60 x W60cm|
|about the work||This work was constructed using a variety of sizes of knitted rectangles, sewn together. Each piece was tied using the ‘Mokume’ [wood grain] method, and applying different coloured liquid dyes into each section –so that the outer surface is different from the interior of the folds. The dye is fixed by steaming.|
|Materials:||Jute and rayon yarns|
|Techniques:||Hand knitting, Paint dye, Stitching.|
|Size:||L70 x W 60cm.|
|about this piece||
This work was also constructed by joining several knitted fragments together. Working from a full-sized drawing, I used stitching to create irregular runkles that resulted in a relief pattern. I used a brush to paint the inside of each hollow with a liquid dye, and fixed it using steam. I sewed all these parts together to make up the final form.
|about my working methods||
When I make my pieces there are always two qualities that I look for. Firstly, Iím interested in the textures made up by the surface of the knitted fabric. Flat surfaces arenít my thing, so in my making I like to explore deep relief effects. The second quality that attracts me I would describe as a sort of vagueness, a random blurring of appearances. I achieve this quality through the dyeing process. For example, I intentionally dye unevenly, or allow the dye to over-run.