02/03/2010

Knits and Grids



First foray into design for knit; a little commission for Monica, aged 11. An open brief, as long as wayfarers were included! Sally knitted the design twice for both sides of what will be a bag. Shown here before assembly, after felting.



The knitting machine scans the design from an artwork, drawn with a chinagraph onto specific gridded waxy paper. We are sure knitting machines have evolved beyond this moment but this is what we use for now.



Here's the original drawing, using a grid re-drawn onscreen to match the scan paper. Really I've used this as a test-card, to get a feel for the colourways from the yarns and the onset forms once applied to the lo-res knit 'pixels'.



The forms were taken from an exercise I set a while ago, to explain basic image-type systems on a poster, using a modular grid roughly based on Wim Crouwel's classic for the Stedelijk.



So, I discussed reading...



...symmetry and asymmetry...





...hierarchies in form, colour and spatial arrangement...





...alignment of text and image components...



...and pictorial use of the grid.



The knit process is a warm foil for the simplestupid compositions, of which I have many. So will try more in a test card mode.

2 comments:

Reena said...

that knitted piece is beautiful! i'm really impressed by the precision of it. x

Peter Nencini said...

Thanks Reena. Hope all is well with you. x