Thursday, 27 June 2013

Knitted Fashion Architecture / Designer: Stine Ladefoged

Stine Ladefoged graduated from Danmarks Designskole. In 2009 she founded the brand under her name Stine LadefogedHer Knitted and jersey garments reflect the Scandinavian simplicity and sophistication.

Designer: Stine Ladefogen
Shaping the knit in three dimensional forms, without cutting and sewing too much, Stine encourages us to go bold and capture the attention with the simple idea of a maxi knit dress or sweater.


"MEDUSA's Web" collection '13

Stine Ladefoged has a very exiting and extremely creative collections. Example her graduate collection called ”Narcissism is Calling”, "inspired by postmodern influences, especially postmodern architecture and the typical postmodern human being, who wants to be in the center of attention" Stine says.

"Mystery Forest"

S/S'10  ”Narcissism is Calling” 
Stine told that a lot of her knits are produced in Peru where the government does support projects for women and trains and educates them in the textile industry. Most of these women come from poor backgrounds, and through these programs they are getting to work under the best conditions.
Trine's Wardrobe

Her design at Danmarks Designskole



Wednesday, 26 June 2013

The yarn sculptor: OLEK - Agata Oleksiak

Who comes to the idea yarn to loop around a bike or an entire building, a bathroom or even around a giant buffalo? Oleksi Agata known as Olek is one of the most shocking Crochet artist in the world.

"I think crochet, the way I create it, is a metaphor for the complexity and interconnectedness of our body and its systems and psychology. The connections are stronger as one fabric as opposed to separate strands, but, if you cut one, the whole thing will fall apart. Relationships are complex and greatly vary situation to situation. They are developmental journeys of growth, and transformation. Time passes, great distances are surpassed and the fabric which individuals are composed of compiles and unravels simultaneously."
Olek 2009.

Gray, Rosie :  "Crochet Artist Olek Is in Legal Trouble in London"
The Village Voice (New York NY). March 2012.
Olek born as Agata Oleksiak in 1978 in Poland. Her professionally artist name is Crocheted Olek. She is living in the United States. Her works include sculptures, installations such as crocheted bicycles, inflatables, and fiber art. Her best known piece is a false apartment in which the contents, including the residents, were covered in crocheting. It was featured in various international media outlets. The work generally includes members of the public or the media, crocheted directly into the suit without traditional fasteners.

Wearable sculptures in the New York City Subway

Olek's crocheted full body clothing.
This wearable clothes has been used in various projects.

Olek collaborated director Gina Vecchione and producer Michelle Price to create a short silent film calledYARNANA. "Inspired by the silent film genre, it relies solely on powerful music, sound design and physical expression. The characters speak through modern dance, physical comedy, capoeira, martial arts, poi, belly dancing, breakdance, acrobatics, gymnastics and the instincts of soul searchers." The film won a film festival award.

"In late December 2010, Olek installed a crocheted suit over "Charging Bull" (1989), a statue on Wall Street, as a tribute to Arturo Di Modica, who installed the sculpture without permission. A park caretaker tore the suit from the statue two hours later. Olek was the 2010-2011 Workspace artist-in-residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, during which she created and performed at the Whitney Museum of American Art. In May 2011, she won the "Sculpture In Situ" category at the second Urban Arts Awards "

 "Charging Bull

 Wrapping Washington, D.C.’s Giant Einstein Sculpture

"Olek changed materials for a joint exhibition with David E. Peterson in New York City; she used thousands of semi-inflated balloons, crocheted like yarn to create a cave-like structure inside the gallery. The artist noted her love of the ephemeral nature of the medium; the balloons often popped during the creation of the installation, and required immediate repair to prevent it unraveling entirely. The installation will gradually wither. She said that balloons represent "the happiest moments in life — which are often just as impermanent". Some visitors noted a pungent scent of latex. Olek was inspired by her time as a traveling clown for Health Plus, when she would visit poor New York neighborhoods. She had previously used balloons during her residency in Brazil."

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Surprising yarn ingredient - Fur of Possum

Possum is a strange creature of the world -  Australia are protecting, in New Zealand they were forced to limit their number - because they have to protect the continent's native wildlife, and - I red that in America people used to make ​​food.
This animal so rapidly proliferate and as a result they need an huge amount of nourishment so if New Zealand want to keep the remaining native species of wildlife ....  they need to defend themselves.
The textile industry discovered that possum fur to mix together with other material as example - merino wool - they could create a very new surface for the knitted product.
The result is a hairy surface, soft, mohair-like material.

"The common brushtail possum was introduced to New Zealand by European settlers in an attempt to establish a fur industry. There are no native predators of the possum in New Zealand, so its numbers in New Zealand have risen to the point where it is considered a serious pest. Numerous attempts to eradicate them have been made because of the damage they do to native trees and wildlife, as well as acting as a carrier of bovine tuberculosis. By 2009, these measures had reduced the possum numbers to less than half of the 1980s levels – from around 70 million to around 30 million animals.
Since 1996, possum fur, obtained from about two million wild-caught possums per year, has been used in clothing with blends of fine merino wool with brushtail possum fur – variously known as Ecopossum, Merinomink, possumdown, eco fur or possum wool. Possum fur is also used for fur trim, jackets, bed throws, and possum leather gloves."

"New Zealand has 3 rat species and each was introduced. The Norway rat, ship rat (black rat) and the kiore (Pacific rat). These eat, birds, chicks, eggs, insects, berries and lizards.
The introduced brushtailed possum population is now estimated at 70 million, yes 70,000,000. More than enough to circle the planet nose to tail. They are estimated to eat 21,000 tonnes per evening. How many trees is that? The brushtailed possum is also a carrier of tuberculosis, which if not controlled, puts our primary export products at risk. The brushtailed possum has been filmed with night capture recording equipment eating baby birds and eggs including those of the endangered North Island kokako. The South Island kokako is now thought to be extinct, but some evidence suggests that there may still be a few left on the West Coast."
The Natural Heritage Collecion

"Biological control (immunocontraception)will reduce possum breeding. The possums ' own biological systems will be used to interfere with the process by which sperm fertilises the egg. This response will be triggered by proteins that make up part of the coat of the sperm or egg,and will stop female possums producing eggs and/or interfere with the fertilisation of any eggs produced. That way, no or very few baby possums will be born,so possum numbers will decline as the adults die off and there are no young to replace them. The biological control agent based on the sperm or egg proteins will be made into baits and fed to possums from bait stations."
LandCare Research Manaaki Whenua
WildLife Removal


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