Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Brooklyn Botanical Garden: Knit, Purl, Sow Exhibit
Brooklyn Botanical Garden was hosting Knit, Purl, Sow- an exhibit of larger than life knitted pieces representing botanical elements worked by Tatyana Yanishevsky, Ruth Marshall, and Santiago Venegas.
A giant tiger lily hangs suspended from the ceiling. Hidden wires give structure to the fabric petals with cables and bobbles, textured stamen protrude through a chorus of halos stretched with openwork. Water lilies opened with blocking pins cascade across a wall panel and a five foot peace lily gives pause to the idea that 'fun fur' might actually be a legit fiber.
Although the exhibit was only two dozen pieces or so, it was inspiring to see such sculptural knitting. I know a lot of times we designers say we are 'inspired by nature'... this exhibit takes that idea to a whole new level.
Tomorrow, Jan 22nd is the last day of the exhibit, so take note if you are in the area!