Big knits in Contemporary Crafts – By Jen Springall

So the clocks have gone back, there’s a definite nip in the air and what better way to welcome in the cosy winter months than with some chunky knitwear! It’s a trend that’s been big for a few years but this time we’re seeing it in the world of contemporary crafts, the makers have gone bigger and bolder than ever.

We’ve seen some fantastic pieces by Claire-Anne O’Brien, involving knitted upholstery. She has recently been recognised and backed by the 2012 / 2013 Hothouse scheme run by CraftCouncil to foster her creative talent.

Really love these woven-effect footstools and pouffes, they look super comfy.


We also saw knit-inspired wall pieces recently at the V&A’s ‘Power of Making’ exhibition in 2011. This massive, beautiful Aran Rug by Christien Meindertsma, was a hugely popular part of exhibit and not only because it was created with a pair of custom-made giant knitting needles!


My favourite find that celebrates this trend of knitted crafts, are these pieces by Annette Bugansky. She has created porcelain bowls, vases, plates and other home wares, which feature really lovely woven surface prints. It’s such a nice juxtaposition of modern forms and shapes, with nostalgic texture.

Lovely stuff! I’m excited to see more knit inspired crafting over the coming chillier months.

by Jen Springall

(Guest writer for CraftBritain and occasional spell checker!)


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