Thursday, February 1, 2018

Second edition is on its way!

No posts last year - I had drafts but never finished, Here is my excuse - second edition of Crocheting Adventures has gone off to press and official release date is February 26. The first printing of the original book was the best quality one. So if you prefer first printings of the books then pre-order. I was told that the first printing is ....Well, let us say small. I hope it will run out fast and there will be more. However, the print shop after just seeing a manuscript already asked for the permission to print a few extra copies for their display library because they said - it is a beautiful book.
Is it different from the 1st edition? Yes and no. The content is updated, many pictures that were left as placeholders and afterwards due to time constraints never replaced now are replaced. The chapter about applications of hyperbolic geometry is expanded, new chapter about my adventures after the first edition was published is added. Appendix now is much larger with pictures to illustrate how to make models, and yes, there are more models - step by step instruction for hyperbolic pair of pants, Klein Quartic, Costa surface, Figure eight knot. This book is celebrating 20 years (I cannot believe this number!) of hyperbolic crochet. I took more pictures with my models in nature, and last picture in the book is at the Ithaca Falls - the picture for the first edition was taken there in January 2008 and that is at the beginning of the book (Contents page). I carried again the same model which is now much larger to the same place in January ten years later when in Ithaca it was so cold that falls were frozen.
The book can be pre-ordered on the publisher's page, on Amazon, on Barnes and Noble.
Please suggest this book to your library to make it available to more people!
And - if you still want to have 1st edition - on Amazon right now it has good discount price.


Monday, December 12, 2016

Yarn Visions - SINKKA, Keravan Taidemuseo

Last days of my trip to Europe were spent in Finland. I was invited to participate in an exhibit Yarn Visions in Kerava Art Center SINKKA

Yarn Visions are curated by Minna Haveri. I am happy to have another chance to show White Cloud - the installation that was first made for Riga -2014 exhibit Hyperbolic Planes and Sustainable Networks, curated by RIXC and with help of many Latvian and even Italian crocheters. I wrote about it here. Since the end of the exhibit White Cloud had been in storage, and many thanks to RIXC people who organized it to be shipped to Kerava. 
When after two years I met White Cloud again, this is how it looked. Many thanks to my helpers who gave a hand untangling this pile and hanging it! I also met with the group who calls themselves Wild Crocheters from Kerava - they had made both pink clouds.

These are all three clouds together and geometry explained on the wall with some models to explore.
In Pink Clouds it is easy to notice the color of Pink House - the project that was completed already in August by Olek & group of  Villit Virkkajat volunteers. Creation of Pink House can be seen here.
Director of SINKKA Arja Elovirta introduces the exhibit, curator Minna Haveri getting ready officially to open it.




Tuija Teiska Father, Forgive me




Jenni Haili I am OK and HYÄRYLLISTÄ Tango tribe
Olek Still Life with a Blue Plane



Another use of hyperbolic planes - in Textile Student installation Baltic Sea


Baltic Sea installation by Textile Design students from Metropolia University of Applied Sciences hopes to raise marine pollution awareness.
Noora Schroderus From Bank Note series
Elina Juopperi Inheritance is a work in progress. The audience can bring traditional raanu textiles and the artist will integrate them into the work, adding the donor's name to the piece. (Raanu weavings use a cotton warp and a wool weft.)

Sanna Majander Dark Moon



Melek Mazici Wings of Eternity



Suvi Solkio Here audience is invited to write their dreams on the blanket.
another post about the exhibit Yarn Visions here (in Finnish)
Many thanks to all who made it possible for the White Cloud to travel to Finland. My warmest season greetings to all who participated in creating White and Pink Clouds. And if you can - do not miss this exhibit!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Latvian textiles from seventies



The seventies. Utility of Beauty

From Fold:

"The exhibition «The Seventies. Utility of Beauty» at the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design demonstrates the most essential trends in the development of Latvian applied arts in the 1970s. This period of time is characterized by a new upcoming formal artistic direction, when aesthetic value prevailed over governing functionality indicative of the 1960s. Functionality was more or less rejected and replaced by aesthetic qualities accentuating "decorativeness" of art, as well as the rich and diverse imagery embodied in the artworks. Artists searched and found inspiration in nature studies, travel notes, cosmic visions, and in cultural history.

The themes selected by artists and the emotional rendering of them through the artworks show an obvious trend of the time — applied art is gradually coming closer to the basic principles of fine art and manifests its potential to transcend disciplinary boundaries. Opposite to fine art that was acting under ideological restrictions, applied art served as an option for artists to speak in the language of contemporary art by creating abstract compositions and sculptural objects. At the same time innovative application of materials and experimentation with techniques and three dimensional structures came to the fore.

Textile artists were fascinated by the idea of tapestry as a means for organizing the space and this desire materialized into life — textiles in three dimensions were created. Alongside application of classical weaving techniques one artwork in itself could combine also various handicraft techniques such as embroidery, knotting, knitting, crochet, applique, and individual techniques elaborated out by the artists themselves. Textile art experienced the influx of new, unconventional materials to weaving such as sisal, synthetics, string, rope, and metallic threads."

70- ties was the time I was growing up and soaking all the culture we had around. The works in this exhibit are the ones I had seen before and was fascinated with. Now, forty years later, this exhibit in some ways was a return to my youth, and I love these works even more. I am sorry the world does not know much about Latvian artists represented in this exhibit:


Edite Pauls- Vignere

Inese Jakobi


Georgs Barkāns



More artists are listed on Association of Latvian Textile Artists page.
The following pictures are from my walk through the exhibit: