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SLOANE ADRIENNE, USA: Knitting is Newsworthy: A stitcher’s approach to sculpture

For over 25 years studio artist Adrienne Sloane has deeply explored all forms of sculptural knit structures.  As a hand and machine knitter, her work has often addressed the political while remaining mindful of the rich historical context of her medium.  She exhibits and teaches internationally and has also worked with indigenous knitters in Bolivia and Peru. Sloane has work in major collections and has been published widely.  She also enjoys writing regularly for the American magazine, Fiber Art Now.

Knitting is Newsworthy: A stitcher’s approach to sculpture

Develop a deep personal language of forms that will help you translate your ideas into visual form by experimenting broadly with knitting fundamentals. By manipulating stitches and solving knitting geometry, learn to 'think knit' while uncovering the secrets of working sculpturally. The class will explore the use of non-traditional materials and cover a range of techniques to help create shape and stability when working dimensionally. Your new knitting vocabulary can be applied to sculptural or wearable creations. This is a process-oriented workshop with time devoted to making samples and experiments as you learn each technique or concept.   Participants must be proficient in basic knitting techniques.

Included among the many topics the class will cover will be:

•          Experimenting with knitting using unconventional materials.  Exploring how these materials can be useful (or not) in providing structure, stability or in other ways enhance the medium. 

•          Student will knit samplers to further explore and provide examples of shaping and bulges, short rowing, slash and add, random pickups, ruffles, knit painting, tubular structures, various cast ons.  There will be much discussion of the architecture of stitches and geometry of knitted shapes.

•          Instructor will help students problem solve technical problems with creating shape and form and spend one on one time to discuss both current and future projects. 

"Please note that while I work from a curriculum, I like to teach in a fluid way that allows me to respond to the unique dynamics of a given group."