As I described in this post last year, I have been utilising strips of knitting in current pieces. Pleased with the first one I completed, Patched pastime (pictured above) I decided to put together another – this time using the blues.
The knitted strips hang in ways that are – let’s say idiosyncratic – and not neatly edged or cornered. I actually like this, but ’tis true that the bottom corners of Patched pastime definitely needed something more, hence the pom-poms. This time Juggler, blues while perhaps even more eccentric in its lack of neat outline, delights me equally. The shape of the whole complements the feeling of the juggler, and echoes the movement in the knitted patterns.
I wonder however whether I have in fact wandered well away from ‘quilt-ness’ with these pieces. Can they be described as art quilts? Almost all of the pieces I have made, and all which have been successfully juried into various exhibitions have been wholecloth, which in itself is a minority sub-set of art quilts. The knitwear-utilising pair are pieced, but use a non-standard material. They are made to hang on the wall, and consist of three layers of fabric stitched together, but they are not regular, neat edged rectangles.
I’m really pleased with these two pieces – delighted indeed. I’m not going to worry about categories: I think that I shall simply say that I use quilting techniques in my work.