Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Primary Structures: Knitting As Art

Spent a morning at The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles to see their current exhibit called
Primary Structures, an exhibition of knit and crochet art done on a large scale.  The museum is located right next to the Institute of Contemporary Art and despite being downtown is really easy to get to; heck you can pull up and park your car at a meter right out front!

More evidence of yarn bombing - those kids!





The intent of Primary Structures is to showcase the inovative work of some talented fiber artists while exploring new ways of using knitting and crocheting.  There are several wall hangings by Mary Walker Phillips whose improvisational knitting was at the forefront in changing public perception of knitting as art.

Trilogy is a graphic piece by Xenobia Bailey and is done in crochet with some beading :




Tatyana Yanishevsky has two obsessions, botany and knitting.  She combined these interests to create a Knit Garden series which is both fascinating to look at while being botanically accurate.  Here is her
Tiger Lily:



Arline Fisch created an arrangement of delicate floating flowers called English Garden which is really lovely:

There is alot more to see, including a video at the end featuring our friend Jasmine Canty (on the left)  from The Knitmore Girls:


The exhibit will be there until August 7th and there is also a nice exhibit of Southwestern Banded Blankets:                                                                    


Gotta put in a plug for the Gift Shop - it really is special with lots of handmade items including these felted scarves:


Definitely worth a visit!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

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