Blog Posts tagged Homage

It's been pretty quiet around the Knit Darling blog lately, but I have an excellent reason—Knit Darling Book 2 is almost done! The book is titled Homage, and features five gorgeous new patterns inspired by Modernist art and design—each piece honoring a different pioneering female artist from history.

I am taking pre-orders now for the ebook and printed book, and have some special promos for all you early-birds! Buy your copy before November 7, 2017 (the official release date) and you can enter to win yarn for the project of your choice (3 winners will be selected). I'm also offering free shipping on the softcover book for pre-orders only.

I'm so excited to share this new project with you! Below are some pics from the book and links that have more info about each design. I also have a series of blog posts planned over the coming weeks examining each of the new designs, and some of the special techniques used in the patterns.

Above is a picture of the cover, featuring my new Otti Kimono Cardigan--one of my favorites from the collection.

Okeeffe Shawl

Angelou Cardigan

Martin Pullover

Hilla Hat

I'd like to give a special thanks to all the yarn companies who generously agreed to help me with my yarn giveaway promotion.

Dec 16, 2017

Can an ordinary knitting project possibly be considered conceptual art? Well, maybe—meet the Hilla Hat from Homage: Knit Darling Book 2.

Time for some art history, yay! All the patterns from my new book, Homage, honor a different pioneering female artist from history. This design honors Hilla Becher (1934-2015), conceptual artist and photographer. The Hilla Hat design reflects Becher's most famous works—a series of gelatin silver printed photographs depicting industrial architecture arranged into a grid. Becher's work has influenced generations of photographers, and has impacted Minimalism and Conceptual Art since the 1970's.

Almost like collage, Becher arranged her photographs depicting similar objects to create motifs of repeating structures. The arrangements make her otherwise straightforward photos quite visually interesting. However, as a conceptual artist, Becher's work is rife with meaning and should not be considered merely decorative. Becher's presentation of her work pits objectivity against subjectivity, depicting a pattern of sequential experiences that is connected in a network.

Though her message was more about the human experience and the evolving/decaying characteristics of nature, I rather liked this idea as it relates to a knitting pattern, repeated endlessly with slight variations, and also more specifically as it relates to the process of creating knitted fabric that is composed of a single strand of yarn. Also, in the broader context of my book, which is all about gratitude for my predecessors and my followers, I love the idea that I am forever connected to the knitters who make my designs through our shared experience of creating the same object.

On a less conceptual level, this adorable hat is my new favorite accessory! I've already knitted it 3 times, and I might go for a fourth soon. The hat features an easy geometric Fair Isle motif and a wide brim that can be folded up for extra warmth, or left down for a slouchy look. The pattern is part of my book, Homage, but I'm also offering it as an individual pdf.

If you want to learn more about Hilla Becher, check out the links below:

Did all this talk of conceptual art inspire your inner critic? I'd love to hear what you think in the comments below.