Monday, August 1, 2016

Found: A 3,000-Year-Old Ball of Yarn

Archaeologists in England just unearthed a 3,000-year-old—and extremely fragile—ball of yarn. Buried in the waterlogged depths of the Must Farm Bronze Age settlement, a site in Cambridgeshire that has been described as the “Pompeii of the fens,” the artifact is one of a rich cache of finds that includes textiles, beads, and domestic tools. 

Like other fibers discovered at the location, the yarn is probably plant-based in origin. “All the textiles appear to have been made from plant fibers,” said Margarita Gleba, an archaeologist specializing in textiles. “The people at Must Farm used cultivated species, such as flax, as well as wild plants, such as nettle and perhaps trees, to obtain raw materials.” Not to mention folks back then really knew their stuff, too. 

“The linen textiles found at Must Farm are among the finest from Bronze Age Europe,” Gleba added. “Wild fibers appear to have been used for coarser fabrics made in a different technique, known as twining.”

Friday, April 1, 2016

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Museum exhibit

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)  KNITTING NATION Phase 15: Weaving Walls, a time-based installation and live labor performance by textile artist and designer Liz Collins. 
Collins and a "factory crew" of six professional weaving artists and designers transformed the Museum's atrium and lobby into a knitting and weaving factory, creating a continuous soft wall that will climb the Museum stairwell as the day progressed. 

The performance explored the dynamic relationship between textile and architecture, performance and collectivity, and considers apparel manufacturing and human labor.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Pushing the Boundaries of Embroidery

This embroidered bucket is by 
Severija Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė.
More of her work here.

More from Meredith Woulnough here.

Even more artists here.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Beauty - Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial 

Knitted Pavillion. Can be used outdoors to absorb light from the sun during the day and release it at night.

Miracle Chips by Michael Anastassiades.
These "thin marble discs that successively curl in an abstract study of materiality."
A study in materiality?  What isn't a study in materiality?