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“I want to make clothes that I love, with lots of character.  I want to make timeless pieces with reference to me, where I come from and what I represent as a designer.” –Florencia Kozuch



Originating from Argentine, Florencia Kozuch’s designs draw inspiration from her native home in Buenos Aires.  She fuses indigenous craft from South American Aborigines with innovative textile application and shape making.  Her recent collections feature a combination of traditional crafts, innovative knitwear design with a modern aesthetic.  Florencia’s work is intriguingly detailed and alluring wearable.  Her bold imaginative creations have led her to become tipped as “One to Watch” by Vauxhall Fashion Scout.  Her designs offer something for the forward thinking, strong, unafraid woman.

Have you seen the movie Coraline?  It is stop-motion film directed by Henry Selick, about an adventurous little girl who stumbles across the “Other World” in which her “other mother” tries to keep her.  It is a fascinating film that has the air of a Tim Burton film, of which I am obsessed.


One crew member was hired specifically to knit miniature sweaters and other clothing for the puppet characters, using knitting needles as thin as human hair.  This artist would be Althea Crome.  She finds “great joy and comfort in the process that knitting provides.” However, the added challenge of creating a physical object that is so small in measure has reignited her excitement about her already beloved art form.

Her fascination with small scale knitting emerged in 2000 and ever since Althea has pushed the envelope creating and perfecting new techniques and designs.  “The ‘bug-knit’ scale has allowed her the freedom to create and experiment with designs that would be a pain on a larger scale.

Althea’s needles are insanely tiny, and she must have the eyes of a hawk to see where her stitches are.  It takes great concentration for me to keep count of scarf stitches, let alone stitches of a sweater that will only fit around my finger.

One wouldn’t think that knitting could be associated with a word such as guerilla.  Whenever I tell someone I knit the first thing that comes out of their mouth is, “Wow, are you an old lady?”  Though, many of my friends would rather be playing video games or drinking so they probably aren’t the best audience to share this talent.  Nonetheless, my favorite rainy day activity was to pop in a movie and knit with my roommate during my college years.

Then I came across this guerrilla urban knitting video from London.  This Yarn Corps is trying to make London a little brighter by decorating urban structures with wooly treats.

This is what their website says (the description is just too good to put into my own words):

Knit the City are a crack team of woolly warriors turning the city Knitwise since February 2009.  It is part of an ongoing campaign to guerrilla knit the city of London, and beyond that the world.  No part of the city is safe from Knit the City’s woolly war on the mundane, humdrum and expected. We will bring woolly sunshine to you where ever you dwell. We’re nice like that.

Each of the Yarn Corps‘ individuals have their own reasons for their knitty crimes.

Guerrilla knitting or ‘yarnstorming’ (or ‘yarn bombing‘ with a nod to our guerrilla knitting cousins across the pond and Knitta Please who inspired us to begin our yarnstorming campaign) is the art of covering part of the world in a knitted or crocheted fabric. It is a street art that harks back to woolly thoughts of grandmas and nice cups of tea by the fire, takes that stereotype by the blue rinse and drags it kicking and screaming into the street to wrap round a lamppost, blanket a bollard, or swathe a signpost.


Here are other photos of YarnCorps tyranny.

Twas the Night before Christmas in cold London Town,

Where a lone ballerina was cast with a frown,

Yet the girl was not long for her knitless despair,

For KTC’s Yarn Corps soon would be there.

The Yarn Corps is doing wonders to London.  Popping up where the English least expect it!

Men’s knitwear.  A decade ago that phrase would only be used to describe v-neck, button down grey sweaters Grandpas all over the world wore.  (Which I still love to wear to this day.)  Though we have seen many sweater vests, beanies, scarves, sweatshirts, and crew-neck pullover sweaters knitwear has remained pretty bland in my opinion.  Solid colors are made to look interesting with layers, and I can only stand so much argyle.  There was need for a change.

Well someone must have heard my plea.  Today, I see men’s knit-wear has finally evolved to a place I can call home.  With a touch of edginess, these knitwear designs can add a touch of the unusual to any fall wardrobe.

One of my favorites is Sibling, the bold, progressive men’s knitwear label. Launched on May 29th 2008 was born out of a desire to give knit-wear for men a kick.  All their collections experiment with bright, neon colors and their association with strong patterns such as leopard print, or a skull pattern.  The contradiction between toughness and playfulness gives these classic styles new life.  Sibling is a collaboration between Joe Bates, Sid Bryan and Cozette McCreery. Between them they have served under the guidance of Alexander
McQueen, Giles Deacon, Gallliano, Lanvin, Jonathan Saunders and Bella Freud; and their influences show.

Then there is also another up-and-coming favorite.  Hailing from the Danish School of Design, Jeppe Hellemann Worning, has already begun to show great promise and talent in his designs.

Dear Intermediate Knitters: So you know how to knit and purl, make a hat, socks, scarves. How about moving on to the real deal — sweaters.  The Textile Arts Center is offering a class in Seamless Sweaters coming this November!

Sandra Backlund

Knitwear genius extraordinaire.  Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden this talented knitwear designer has grown from single inventor to working with a team of experts.  Each of her collections have life of its own while maintaining the skill of the simple knit and pearl.

It was incredibly difficult for me to choose just one collection to highlight so I want to take a walk through them all.

Body Skin and Hair. Yes that would be hair that you are seeing, this collection highlights the proportions of the body and flesh colored tones, and actual human hair.

Blank Page is a collection done entirely with white thread.  Here we get a sense of wintery wonderland-ness with puffy looking snowball experiments.

In Perfect Hurts we see Sandra dabble in crochet and the delicate silk lining only accentuates her beautiful designs.

Diamond Cut Diamond style is harsh yet stunningly beautiful.  The model completely terrifies me, but OH do i want those awesome grey leg warmers!

Don’t Walk…you guessed it, the entire collection is done in a deep, rich, red.

Ink Blot Test. Tell me doctor, what do you see in this black and white confection?

In No Time

“My work is very personal to me.  I improvise and allow myself to loose control and see what happens if I do not think too much about practical things.  The human body is always the starting point.  I am really fascinated by all the ways you can highlight, distort, and transform the natural silhouette with clothes and accessories. I build garments from a couple of basic bricks which I multiply and attach in different ways to discover the shape that I want.” – Sandra

These next three collections speak clearly to this point.

Last Breath Bruises

Pool Positions

“I am interested in almost every traditional handicraft method and I do experiment a lot with different materials and techniques, but it is my three-deimentional collage knitting that is most significant.”

Control C

Sandra’s current collection for Spring/Summer 2010 is her first collaboration with a team of expert knitwear designers.  The knit wears carry less volume and are more consumer friendly.   Though they still maintain the same principles and techniques as Sandra’s solo collections.  You can still see her uniqueness shine through in these more conventional shapes.

So last Monday I wrote about the 2010 sweater and how you need one to keep you cozy for the upcoming winter months.  Well have you thought about outfitting your entire home with knitted walls?  Chae Young Kim takes a whole new perspective on traditional wallpaper and the limits of woven cloth.

Another exciting event happening this month is the Sculpture Garden happening over on Mitchel Street, West Orange 07052 NJ.  ValleyArts is proud to present a Sculpture Garden site for the summer season of 2010 curated and coordinated by Lorena La Grassa, director of ValleyArts.  On display will be a series of artwork that experiments with the surrounding context as site specifics or simply integrated as pieces with a strong presence. By installing a diverse range of installations and sculpture outdoors in our designated garden site, both the art and the site will blend, highlighting the crucial positive impact of art in our urban environment.

Exhibit Dates for sculpture garden: July 11 through July 24, 2010 (Thursdays to Sundays from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm)

Participating Artists are:

Alex Krale, Julie Joy Saypoff, Jody Leight, Stan Sudol, Lorena La Grassa, Charlie La Placa, Robert Lach, Lauren Dubeau, Kathleen Heron, Terry Boddie, Eric Beckerich

We will be holding a Hat Knitting workshop this coming Saturday, December 5th, from 1-5pm. Our knitting teacher, Anne Marie, is amazingly talented…(see below for some of her knitting work — she will also be teaching our Mommy+Me knitting, as well as fashion knitting!)

This workshop is part of our Gift Series — participants will walk away with a finished adult-sized hat to give as a present, as well as the knowledge of how to recreate this gift over and over again!


Hat Knitting, Saturday, December 5th, 1-5PM, $45  (materials will be available for purchase – kit $20)

320 2nd Street (between 4th + 5th Ave), Park Slope Brooklyn 11215