Vintage Art

I’m always talking about Vogue Knitting. Likely, I will always be talking about Vogue Knitting. Not only have I found this publication the most fashionable, fashion is my motivation to knit, I have come to understand the way their patterns are written and follow designers who have found their work published there. Adding to my attraction and deep dedication to this magazine are the more recent events of attending Vogue Knitting Live, walking the runway at the event, and being recognized for my knitted garments. That does not mean I am not aware or do not appreciate other publications for knitting, crocheting, and sewing that are forever beckoning our attention.

While at last year’s VKL in NYC, I took classes, many of them. The classes I chose were specific to the theme of design. For me, choosing a theme made it easier to choose what classes to take. There are literally hundreds of classes not to mention lectures, fashion shows, and vendors at these events. One of the classes in particular was with Deborah Newton, a VK designer who’s patterns I have knit and who’s books I have read. The topic for her class was sketching, sketching fashion, for me the highlight of the entire weekend. I couldn’t wait for it and I couldn’t wait to meet her. She showed many examples of sketches explaining the purpose of them and the importance of honing that skill. Her enthusiasm for the artists of the sketches as well as the aesthetic nature of each was infectious. That enthusiasm, maybe more than my actual desire to sketch, has stayed with me. The below are exercises from the class.

So, when a friend of mine, who knows I love to knit and who seems to love to find treasures for people (a genuine act of kindness), handed me a box of vintage knitting magazines, I was not only appreciative that he would think of me while rummaging, but I fell in love with the covers. They reminded me of the sketches from Deborah’s class. None of these publications were Vogue Knitting, but all of them represented some collective aspect of what I hold dear when thinking of my knittings’ past. Such titles as Gifts, Brunswick hits, Fashion and Accessories, Headliners, Modern Knitting all called to me as I could relate to each of them. “Yes, I’ve knitted gifts. I remember knitting with Brunswick yarns. Modern knitting? That’s what VK is all about!”, I was saying to myself. These covers were literally speaking to me.

How fortunate am I that my DB is a graphic designer. I showed him the box of these vintage magazines, all of different sizes, fragile, and color-aged. I explained my passion over the covers and asked if they could somehow become art for my wall. He did what he does. Many pdfs, lots of frame discussions, measurements . . . he planned to solve what potential challenges there might be.

I love the way the kindness of one, the enthusiastic teachings of another, and the willing and abled spirit of a third has come together to make this most meaningful wall art display for me.

And, what’s more? The magazines are still intact, so now I can begin perusing ideas for knitting!

Holly

Holly knits with grit and believes a happy life is a well balanced one.

12 thoughts on “Vintage Art

  1. Isn’t this just the perfect art display for your craft room? I love the vintage pictures and the grid of photos is perfectly sized and arranged. Really beautiful! I am sure you smile every time you look at that wall.

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  2. What a great idea!! My maiden name is Fleisher and I love finding covers from Fleisher Yarn booklets or even their ads. I have thought of framing and handing in my wool room and you have inspired me!

    And, you inspired me to walk the runway this past weekend at VKL…I’m humbled to say that I won the grand prize! Hope to walk the runway with you at a future event.

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    1. so awesome, Mindy Congratulations!! . . . all of what you say, here! Yes, I cannot make every VKL but somehow, we’ll need to line up a rendezvous when we are both there. What is your Ravelry name so I may look up your work of art (assuming you are there and it is there.)

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      1. Yes to the rendezvous! I am nyctapper on Ravelry (I used to live in NYC and used to tap dance) and the project is called “Viking for the Win” (now that name seems to foreshadow this weekend). As another note, I won the kit to make the poncho at the gala dinner at VKL NY in 2017. That project seems to be very lucky for me.

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          1. Thank you for the compliment and thank you for the inspiration! I also love Vogue Knitting Magazine…and I look forward to your blog posts. You always say something that makes me think and feel.

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