Coming up in the beginning of December, I have a group show that I will be in. Against my personal wishes, the show is entitled "Senses: Senses". And, you guessed it, has to do with the senses. I've been putting a lot of thought into how I feel and what I consider sensory. My first thought was to do a lovely charcoal drawing of hip bones against a smokey background. Now, I still planning on doing it, but I've come up with a different idea for the show. Being a spinner and a knitter, I've been wanting to get more involved in fiber art and using those techniques to create sculptural objects.
I feel that fiber and knitted objects are very sensory. Having grown up all my life with a knitter (my mother), I find it to be a very comforting thing as well as warm and welcoming. Knitted objects are inviting and touching them makes a person feel safe. And so, while it is late in the game, I've decided to embark on a very ambitious project. I would like to spin several pounds of bulky, lumpy yarn in natural, rustic colors in a single ply and then knit up a large cocoon of sorts. A cocoon that would be big enough to crawl into with many layers and flaps sewn inside. I would need to find an armature strong enough to carry the weight of the knitted piece, but also something that is flexible. I would not want it to be hard and stiff (i.e. steel). I'm thinking something along the lines of a pup-tent in regards to the armature.
In conclusion, I have a month to spin up a shitload of yarn and knit up a huge piece. As my boyfriend has pretty much already said (but in different words), I'm fucked.
Here is a piece I did a few years ago. I feel the piece I plan on doing now will be an extension of this.
After an appointment to show an apartment in Crown Heights today at 1, I plan on scurrying off to The Yarn Tree to buy several more pounds of fiber to start spinning!