I’m currently working on knitted nets and was able to visit Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre to view their Art on Paper exhibition which showcases a marvellous full-length knitted gown, amongst some other outstanding pieces.
The exhibition shows new works by 96 artists in a competition created with, on, or about paper.
Here I am showing the work of Betty Bird. Her artist statement says:
The first thing that caught my eye was the wording ‘cut by hand with a metal ruler and knife’. Even if it was A3 size copy paper that is still a huge task – then all the gluing together. Now that is seriously time-consuming.
I’ve seen these large French knitting frames, they come in various shapes for different purposes and I’ve always wondered how popular they are. It’s a coincidence that I should have seen this artwork just as I, myself, am in the middle of some French knitting for the knitted nets section of the course. I remember as a child having an old wooden cotton reel with 4 nails banged in the top and a crochet hook to flip the thread over for each stitch. I’ve evolved a bit further than that these days and now have a gadget with a rotary arm which speeds up the process, thank heavens.
Anyway, back to Betty Bird and her artwork.