I have created a few knit samples I would like to share with you all! Using ladder and e-wrap technique I have created some very contrasting samples. I have used textured yarns such as acrylic with pulled loops to keep that microscopic feel.
Not long ago I visited the University of Dundee’s microbiology and research labs. After working in textile studios for the last 3 and a half years I was a LITTLE intimidated by the amount that was going on, it was a completely different environment I was used to! I got to spend a day looking at different types of cells from the body, blood cells and tissue cells. Here’s a few images I hope you will find as interesting as i do!
Using a very neutral colour palette and taking inspiration from bryozoa, I have started to sample on a single bed knit machine and also a little bit of felting. I am trying to capture the mass of tentacles and the movement of them contracting and retracting. Please check out my samples in the knit samples section under 2014/15 at the top of the page!
I wanted to think outside the box and look into things which had similar characteristics to shapes found under the microscope. A certain species that I looked into is Bryozoa, which is an aquatic moss animal which filter feeds using retractable tentacles. What drew me to them was not only the similarities, but the other details which look delicate and almost lace like. I have done a few drawings which id love you to check out in the folder named ‘Bryozoa’ under 2014/15 at the top of the page.
This is a board I have put together with some inspirational images that are helping me along with my project. The top 2 images on the left are 2 samples produced by textile designer Lois Albinson who has used different materials for example, latex, on top of her knits to add texture, and has transferred images on top. Her work is lovely and very deliacte, please check it out here- loisalbinsonknitwear.blogspot.co.uk. There are a few examples of some loose, delicate knits which tie into the direction of my project.
Hope it inspires you too!