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ARTISTS STATEMENT: I am using wool, silk, cotton, old clothes together with our human form to make my audience's eye move in a sensuous flow of in and out, over and around. Let's travel into the magical world of our subconscious and to perhaps discover our own atavistic tendencies.
An attitude change ! We will be thinking about fabric differently. We use both sides of our brain when we knit - our attitude is that for a lot of reasons we want to realize which side we are using when? We might say that "Left Brain" function is the "Craft" and "Right Brain" function is the "Art". We all have both sides so we want to learn to strike a good balance.
If someone shows something they have created and you think, "Oh, I don't like that!" well, that's okay but you are "limiting" yourself to only what you like. Let's throw away our "limits" and really look and listen to each other and enjoy our freedom. We want to expand our own creativeness.
I would love to have you knit something that you have never knit before. There is no right or wrong in this class. Fun, creative knitting is not just knitting for function. We can buy a sweater but knitting is for many more reasons than something to wear. How about the reason of simple combining of yarns, colors, textures with ideas we like.
If you knit something you don't love then you won't wear it but if it doesn't fit then you can't wear it. We do need to know "Left" brain techniques but it's all just knit and purl. Knitting is simply creating fabric that has color texture and shape.
Some yarns are for our soul and not "just to knit". Most of us from West Virginia are very Scotch and we have a frugality that's embedded in our soul to use up every last inch of everything and "Knitting like Crazy" enables us to use it all - left overs, old clothes, ribbons, feathers. I do stop short at Dog Clippings. (I have standard poodles) We combine yarn different ways for different reasons. We buy color because it makes us feel good for that moment. Left over yarns are a good core for our next project ! These are great because they will just sit there and wait. Someday you will see something and know that that is the perfect yarn to put with the left overs for a new look. How exciting!
Creative knitting does not mean "throw away your patterns". Just have a new option to use or not use a pattern!
Knit several works at one time. You don't always feel like knitting the same thing all the time. Don't say you cannot start one more thing. You can. Knitting is not your work. This is not your housekeeping or your dinner cooking or the dishes. This is creating for your soul. This is your own ideas to make "ART". To give the world a gift of beauty. Because it's creative and it's your own idea sometimes you want to knit with just one color. You need that color. There is a lot of study going on about color and why you choose the clothes you wear or why you choose crayon colors when you are little. Just the act of moving your fingers and feeling the yarn is a kinetic pleasure and it is very centering. We are living in a pretty crazy world. With every generation of humans life appears to get crazier and to be centered, balanced, grounded is very important especially if you have a lot going on in your life. If you have a little trick, to center yourself it helps. Something like worry beads in Greece. Some writers just like the feel of the pencil in their fingers. The mere act of picking up the pencil is soothing and centering. So think about that and if somebody gives you a hard time about "always knitting all the time" just look at them steady and say, "I'm centering myself. I'm finding my balance."
We have to make some accidents happen in order to learn what happens when certain yarns, colors are put together. We cannot grow by combining yarns choosing only what we know because that is too limited. Learning to trust new combinations, new ideas is difficult because we all like to be comfortable and sometimes when we see something new we have done or something new someone else has done it's frightening and it's not comfortable and we don't know whether we like it or don't like it. Try to remember that there is no right and no wrong.
Look around at the world and your house and look at your own ideas. See something that you have never seen before.
An abundance of bright colors, energy and social comment reflect her viewpoint. Poochie taught art therapy, painting, drawing, needlepoint design and other involvements in art include advertising and marketing a new way to move - MOVEX, interior design, contracting reconstruction of apartment buildings and houses, including an old landmark synagogue in the center of Key West, Florida. Her paintings are displayed in Guild Hall Gallery, Key West, FL and she has exhibited needlepoint in several group exhibits and one man shows in the United States. Poochie has taught art therapy, painting, drawing, needlepoint design, creative knitting. Other involvements include advertising and marketing a new way to move - MOVEX, interior design, contracting reconstruction of apartment buildings and houses, including an old landmark synagogue in the center of Key West, Florida. Poochie has taught creative workshops across the United States.
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