Drawings & Prints
Modifying the Paul Klee idea of 'taking the line for a walk', the above drawings resulted from 'knitting' the line. That is, the direction of the line was determined by the rules of knitting. With no preconceptions or ambition regarding what images would result from this process, I simply followed the conventions of knitting when deciding where to draw the line. Knitting is constructed by a single line of yarn which is looped along rows which are interconnected to the previous and successive rows. Rows can be expanded or contracted by increasing or decreasing stitches but there is a method of doing this which must be adhered to or the fabric will unravel. Shapes suggestive of living things (be it human, plant or animal) kept asserting themselves in preliminary drawings and I subsequently drew in a more figurative manner whilst still maintaining an adherence to knitted structure.
'Tricotmorphes' - a series of monoprints on board and on paper using handknitted swatches, acrylic, pigments and medium
These images were created by marking a coded knitting stitch pattern onto the reverse of the paper and then burning areas where particular stitches (ie, a knit or purl) appeared.