Art Experiments

I’ve been trying some new techniques within my art this week.

There are a few new techniques being explored in the piece above.

  1. I colored the outlines

  2. hands as a subject instead of portraits

  3. stranded knitting on the reverse side of the fabric

  4. knitting two different colors of yarn together and then changing out one but not the other.

In all my pieces I use digital tools for the layering of the drawing and I use a mix between stranded, intarsia, and backwards knitting to create the knit layer. In the piece above skill number 3 and 4 are the most unique so I’ll discuss them further.

Number 3: stranded knitting on the reverse of the fabric. What this means is that I’m working with the purl side of the fabric facing me and I’m carrying the other colors behind on the knit side of the fabric. This required a really interesting way to carry and tack down the yarn in the back. I basically had to move the unused yarn (that needed to be tacked down) towards the front, slip the next stitch, move the unused yarn towards the back, then slip that stitch (now with a “scarf” of the unused color) back to the working needle. Then proceed to purl it. I’ll try to include a video in an upcoming post but in short it nestles the unused color behind a purl bump. I wanted to try doing colorwork on the reverse/purl side of the fabric because I think purl bumps look cool. Almost like pixel or glitch art. Knit stitches blend colors well but purl bumps leave the colors separated so I thought I was a cool concept to experiment with and maybe use in future pieces.

Number 4: knitting two different colors of yarn together and then changing out one but not the other. Holding two strands of yarn together isn’t a new idea and neither is the idea of those two strands being of different colors. What I did differently here was I basically intarsia’d the second color to create an almost echo of the hand at the top of the canvas. I wanted to experiment with this idea because I might want more subtle shapes in my knitting in the future.

I don’t have any specific pieces in mind that would utilize these skills but I’m happy I figured them out. I think it’s a good studio practice to step back from time to time and build out your “artist tool box” with new techniques.