>Sometimes it is just a small poem or a sentence that will bring new understanding, reflection or interchange of thoughts and ideas. In light of the Burqa (burqu‘ )-discussion in Europe I kept on wondering about the concept of Strangers and what makes people strangers or strange to the beholder, who vice versa is seen as a stranger or strange as well. An interesting book on this subject is Beyond Beards and Burqas.
A Pyramid Poem written by Ntinos Siotis in Athens, on 22 July 1996 and published in his collection of poems Mouseion Aeros. Here’s an unofficial translation into English:
Applied to knitting – visual poetry expressed in a beautiful lace pattern, such as stars, leaves, trees and other distinctive ornaments also form pictures – I’d love to call it “Imagery Knitting“, like the pattern of “The Tree of Life” (here from Fairy Stitch Sarah) or Lily of the Valley by Herbert Niebling.
In Freeform Knitting a perfect example would be the “Frond” wrap by Jane Thornley –
Most wraps and shawls are images of Pyramid Poems, one could even follow an equation of one word-one stitch pattern, all realized in color and transporting sensory characteristics, the feel, the warmth, the shape and visual appeal. Why not start a textile project based on your favorite Imagery like Edgar Varese did in his experimental music?
31 May: Jane Thornley’s thought-provoking new issue of the Inspired Knitters Club just arrived today. As it were, Visual Knitting – Imagery Knitting – is the main topic and her inspirational tales tell the story behind her patterns and suggest the roads to travel to new visual horizons.