Blue Glass Bottle No. 2

April 24, 2010

early morning light

Blue Glass Bottle No. 1

April 19, 2010

photo of an antique glass bottle in my kitchen, late afternoon light

I’ve begun a new knitted artwork that tracks the passing of time and the amount of time invested in creating the work. It has the very original title of How Long Did It Take You to Make That?, No. 2.

This time I’ve cast on 130 sts and am again using a laceweight wool. I’m not limiting myself to any particular amount of time per day or session. I will work on the piece whenever I have the time, or feel like it, and will knit one bead into the fabric for each five minutes of work. It will be done when it’s done.

How Long Did It Take You to Make That?, which I began on February 21, 2009, is finished. I stopped working on it in October, and can’t remember when exactly I bound off. The fabric measures about 6 1/2 inches by 64 inches, spread out.

This artwork addressed the question I’ve been asked so often about my artwork and/or knitting: How long did it take you to make that?

I worked on this piece for five minutes a day, a total of 194 days, or 970 minutes, or a little over 16 hours.

Once a week I changed the needle size, which altered the tension and width of the fabric. Thus, the piece contains within it a visual indication of the passing of time.

I threaded the fabric on a dowel rod and hung it above my bed, along with a grey cotton crochet motif. I’m not sure if the crochet motif is part of the piece or not. (If it is, then add more time to the total, a half hour or so.)

Here’s the progress as of today on How Long Did It Take You to Make That?, which I began on February 21, 2009. This is an ongoing artwork addressing the question I’ve been asked so often about my artwork and/or knitting: How long did it take you to make that?

I work on this piece for five minutes a day, except when I am away from home. I usually work on it in the morning, as part of my meditation practice. As of today, I have spent a little over 15 hours on it.

Once a week I change the needle size, which affects the tension and width of the fabric. In this way, the piece contains within it a visual indication of the passing of time.

It has no practical value and I’m not sure when it will be finished.

Hiatus

September 6, 2009

As we transition from summer into fall, I am pondering the fate of Quotidiart. I’m realizing I don’t really have the time to maintain two blogs, make art, knit, write knitting patterns, and photograph my work, all while holding down a full-time job.

I’ll figure things out eventually.  In the meantime, here is a picture I took the other morning of a spider web outside my home.

Thank you for visiting Quotidiart. I hope you have a beautiful fall, wherever you are.

Pink Lemonade

July 13, 2009

Pink Lemonade

2009

mohair/silk yarn, repurposed mixed-media collage

9 1/4″ h x 9 3/4″ w

not for sale

This piece is my first effort at making use of the collage fragments that I posted about here. I wanted it to have a kind of homemade calendar look, very low-tech. I think it succeeds in that respect, but I think that grid composition is perhaps too static. I may make a second one, not using a grid, but instead have the collage fragments appear to “spill” downwards from the top and collect in a mass at the bottom. I’ll probably use this fine silk/mohair yarn again, but with larger needles so that the fabric is even looser and more delicate/fragile looking.

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