Jewelry: Masha Archer
I live in Bloomington Indiana with my four children. I love to Knit and man, do I love a challenge!
have knitted, in full-scale, since college. I find great
joy and comfort in the creative process that knitting
provides. The texture of the yarn, the smooth rhythm
of the needles and the emergence of a pattern in my
hands as I work has always been quite magical to me.
But, by adding the challenge of creating an object for
a physical world that is so small as to be almost beyond
our grasp, is to add a new thrill to an already beloved
2000, my fascination with this tiny scale merged with
my love of knitting, and since then I have been pushing
toward ever new technical and design challenges. Tough
as it is to knit on such a small scale, the "bug-knit"
scale has allowed me the freedom to create and experiment
with designs which, on a larger scale, would be cumbersome
and prohibitive. My success in developing commercial
patterns and techniques for 1:12 scale gloves, socks
and other garments has only inspired me to venture further
into what I've come to think of as "extreme knitting.”
Indeed, from the time I began my vocation as an extreme
knitter, I have made very few full-scale garments.
the past several years I have been incorporating portraits
and images into my knitting. Inspired by my small collection
of antique portrait miniatures and my love of ornament
and art, I strive to capture the romance and allegory
I find so playful and fascinating in the art I love. I
use garments as my "canvas" because I find that
it adds a dimension that is lacking on a flat surface.
Many of my designs are created as a narrative, and by
turning the piece and viewing it from sleeve to sleeve,
you see not only a pattern emerge, but a story.
my work you will see tradition and innovation combining
and merging in surprising ways. As a miniaturist I have
learned the importance of proper scale, as a knitter I
have come to respect the art of traditional technique
and pattern design and as an artist I rejoice in adaptation,
discovery and experimentation. Traditional formats and
styles provide the basic framework for my pieces, and
suggest a range of likely motifs; the manner in which
these motifs are selected, adapted, altered and combined
is then left to my own imagination and desire for innovation.
Every one of my knitted miniatures is rooted in tradition,
but none are mere replicas of existing patterns or styles.
It is with a spirit of continued curiosity and a desire
to create new and original pieces that I will continue
to pursue my love of knitting within the limitless possibilities
of this miniature scale.