Prints: Monoprint #7, 2012

 

Monoprint #7

Going through the outtakes of the 2012 season, I found this great make-ready that includes art from three different print sessions. Looking at this one today, I feel that it is indeed now complete. The color combination and off-kilter composition are perfect.

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Updated Knit Pattern: Interweave Hat

This one was a quick update since the pattern is fairly simple. I really like this hat because it knits up quickly and is warm for winter. Looks good on men or women too! This update includes new pattern charts for the body pattern and the crown decrease. I’ve also written out the crown decrease rows in their entirety based on a specific row count, which makes it (hopefully) easier to follow.

Enjoy!

K&P_interweave_hat

Updated Knit Pattern: Trellis Fingerless Gloves

The latest pattern to get a make-over is the Trellis fingerless gloves pattern. Its been a while since I created this pattern and I enjoyed reviewing and refining some of the details. I decided to alternate some of the cable sections and I’ve added a pattern chart for the “trellis” section of the gloves to make it easier to visualize.

I especially like how these knit up with Lion Brand Wool-Ease worsted weight yarn. Its less dense than some of the full acrylic worsted yarns I’ve used recently, which makes it a bit more elastic for the twisted knit stitches.

I hope you enjoy the new and improved instructions.

K&P_Trellis_Gloves

Things We Like: Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective

Roy Lichtenstein

We took a quick, post-holiday trip to Washington, D.C. to kick-off the new year refreshed and reinvigorated. At the top of our art marathon to-do list was the Roy Lichtenstein retrospective at the National Gallery of Art—the first full survey of the artist’s career since his death in 1997.

While his entire oeuvre deserves celebration, the High Pop canvases of his breakthrough in the early 1960s are his most revolutionary and, in my opinion, his best.

Words that come to mind when recalling these paintings include: cool, flat, banal, detached, deadpan, slick, tacky, vapid, dumb. In the best possible way, of course. His was not an idealized view of the world. It was a celebration of life in the moment, rendered in a language that was common and contemporary. Whether it was a faithful reproduction of a comic strip or a consumer product you may had seen just days earlier, Lichtenstein was relaying a message back to you in the quickest way possible. Why waste time confusing things with silly stuff like metaphors, emotion, or even abstraction when there was a brave new world to report on?

As a result, these paintings function less like windows and more like mirrors—reflecting a familiar object in real time rather than translating a foreign experience from a far-off land.

Roy Lichtenstein

The canvases are bold and blunt and they feature images reproduced with a machine-like precision that leaves no indication that they were made by hand. At that point in the trajectory of art there was no need to even hint at artistic ability. Artists had spent centuries flaunting their technical skills (and thus their egos) while trying to convey something meaningful. Clearly it was time to move on. The fast pace of contemporary life demanded a quick, reactionary approach—one where interpretation would just complicate and delay the situation. The Ben-Day dot pattern lifted from the offset printed source material remained a crucial part of the work too, functioning as a sign that the painting was not a precious picture but a glorious object (or product) instead.

After a few years producing work in this mode, Lichtenstein had said what he needed to say and moved on to more traditional, representational imagery. Though still dressed up in his signature comic book style, gone was the raw immediacy of these early paintings.

Roy Lichtenstein

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Roy Lichtenstein - Little Big Painting

Roy Lichtenstein

Updated Knit Pattern: Gingerbread Icing Hat

After a few weeks of hard work and sample making, I have finalized the new and improved Gingerbread Icing Hat pattern! Since writing the original pattern down, I’ve found a technique for making a finished doubled-over brim that I really liked, so I’ve included instructions for this version as well as the original. I’ve also created charts for the pattern repeat and the crown decreases to accompany the written instructions for those that prefer them. And best of all, there are lots of new pictures of the two versions of the hat so you can see what it will look like. I hope you enjoy it!

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You can also download this pattern from the original post or the pattern page.

Updated knit pattern: Gingerbread Icing Scarf

One of the things I did over the New Year’s long weekend was revise the Gingerbread Icing Scarf pattern. The biggest addition to this pattern is the full repeat chart. It also includes sizing information and pictures of the new sample I knit to finalize this pattern.  You can download this pattern here or from the patterns page. I’ve also updated the link in the original post. Enjoy!

K&P_Gingerbread_Icing_Scarf

What’s Old is New Again

Kurt Seidle, "Untitled (Double Arrow)"

This one was actually printed way back in September, but distractions (mainly other side projects) obscured my view and pulled me away. Yet this faux pas may have been a blessing in disguise, as I now have something new to share with you in the new year.

As you may have gathered, the workshop is closed for the winter. But during these cold, dark days, I’ll be pulling out some new one-offs, hidden favorites, and other obscure inventory to fill in the gaps. Hopefully they’ll lift your spirits and remind you of the warmer, brighter days ahead.

The holiday season, for me, is a time to reflect on the past year and things done and left undone. But it’s also a time to look forward to new ideas and new opportunities. I’m very much looking forward to sharing new ideas and new work with you in 2013.