Wednesday, 13 November 2013

pencil knitting

A while ago before a sensitivity to light condition made it impossible to gaze at a computer screen all day long I was a graphic designer/illustrator. Now that I've stopped feeling quite so sorry for myself, I've started to draw again the old fashioned way, with pencil and paper.

Here is the result of an illustration that draws it's inspiration from my love of knitting. I took a vintage knitting pattern, re-interpreted the photo of the 50's model, and then made a grid design of little coloured squares on knitters graph paper using the knitting pattern as a guide...if you follow the key you can actually knit the stitch pattern. The faceless model illustrates a few things: the fact that knitting is (to a large degree) a disappearing
art, that all the lovely young models are now a lot older, or are no more, and also that most of these beautiful vintage patterns were created by an army of talented, clever but sadly uncredited women who consequently remain anonomous, and uncelebrated.

All illustrations are the property of fancyland, please do not reproduce.
k1 - knit 1, p1 - purl 1, m1 - make 1, k 2 tog. - knit 2 together, sl. 1 - slip 1, p.s.s.o - pass slipped stitch over