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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.

With his signature sculpture dress in white Johan Ku is a force to be reckoned with.  Born in Taipei, Taiwan Ku began as a graphic designer when he was only 17 years old.  Since then he has gone on to get a masters in fashion and textile design, move to London where his studio is based, and win a series of awards for his designs and style.

In an interview conducted by extracted these great insights into Ku’s philosophy on fashion and life:

NOTHING INSPIRES KU LIKE… Interesting textiles or yarns. He often get inspired by new materials. It’s not only an important element of his design process, but also a starting point for Ku’s collection.

KU HOPEs… He can live on an isolated island with only someone whom he loves.

CULTURAL INFLUENCES… Can affect people’s minds imperceptibly. They also represent where and who we are in the world.

KU GOT WHERE HE IS… Thanks to Ku’s commitment to hard work. Also, the support from friends and family can be the best encouragement in such a competitive industry.

FASHION CAN SOMETIMES… Can make Ku feel bored and superficial, on the other hand, it can sometimes impress him in a very positive way.

MONEY MAKES… Many things possible and often makes many things complicated. We cannot live without money, but it would be really sorrowful if we lived only for it.

CREATIVITY COMES FROM… Studying in a certain field for a very long time. It comes from rational development rather than a mythical emotion.

KU HAS NEVER… Taken any kind of drugs in his life, and Ku am not a smoker either. He doesn’t want to do anything that could damage his health, no matter how exciting it may seem.

His most recent collection Emotional Structure won the Avant-Garde Award of Gen Art Style  last year.  And with the chilly months swiftly approaching us I cannot help but imagine that I am lounging by my ridiculously large fireplace with a martini draped in one of these goddess gowns.

Reminder:  The Cutting Edge Artist Talk is this Friday (October 8th) at 7:30pm.  We have 8 artists lined up and the curator Joetta Maue will be present.  For more information please refer to our website.  We hope to see you there.

If I have learned anything about living in the Northeast it’s that you need at least one fabulous sweater to get you through winter.  It has to be heavy and warm to ward off the chilly winter winds, but colorful and stylish enough to give you an energy boost when everything is grey and dreary.  This year we are seeing textile artists take sweaters into the realm of posh elegance.  Trust me, you have never seen sweaters like these before.

Unconventional Body Objects by Phuong Thuy Nguyen

Irina Shaposhnikovas Knitted Pieces

Sandra Backlund In Collaboration with Maglificio Miles