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Pumpkin Patch Trees in Our Shop Window!

November 01, 2019

We're thrilled to have the Pumpkin Patch Trees in our shop window!

SF Fiber Artist Kristen McDonnell installed the pumpkin trees in our shop window and we love it! 

The trees are so fun!

The installation will be on display November 3 through November 30. 

Stop on by and check them out!

Kristen was recently interviewed by KTVU on the Pumpkin Patch Yarn Installation (the segment aired Oct 31). 

Click here to check it out! 

Congratulations Kristen!

Posted by ImagiKnit Corp in Local Artists, Shop News

Yarn Bombing in Salesforce Park - October 19 through 31

October 03, 2019

Update from October 23:

Meet Kristen McDonnell, creator of the Pumpkin Patch Forest at Salesforce Park. 

The trees are simply gorgeous!  

There's something so cool about knitted trees surrounded by high rise buildings housing tech companies!

Customer Jia won both raffles! A copy of Kristens' new book Knit Stitch: 50 Knit and Purl Patterns.

She also won a ball of new Noro yarn and tote from Knitting Fever.

It was a super fun afternoon!

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Coming soon to Salesforce Park - Knitted Pumpkin Patch Forest!

SF fiber artist Kristen McDonnell of YouTube channel "Studio Knit" will present her hand-knit public art installation commissioned by Salesforce Park.

Trees surrounding the Art Cart will be wrapped in multi-colors of harvest corn and adorned with vibrant three-dimensional pumpkins, vines and flowers.

The installation will be on display from October 19 through 31 during park hours.

Come by and meet Kristen on Wednesday, Oct 23 from 1:00 to 2:30pm!  She'll be joining us at our weekly knitting meet-up.

You don't want to miss this!

We had a chance to ask Kirsten some questions about her work. Here's her response:

I’ve been knitting for about 15 years. My late maternal Grandmother was a beautiful knitter, winning many first place ribbons at the New York State Fair. I grew up seeing her knit during her visits to the West Coast. Not living near one another, I never learned directly from her. After she passed away, I inherited her knitting books and needles and was inspired to keep her legacy alive. I learned from books, classes, and YouTube videos.
I began my YouTube channel “Studio Knit” in January 2014 as an attempt to create the sort of video lessons I wished to find. My channel quickly grew and I fell in love with every aspect involved in my side hustle. By late 2016, my channel and website grew to the point I was able to commit full time to my company. Today, I enjoy half a million followers with over 17 million video streams.
As a San Francisco knitting influencer, the event managers contacted me during planning stages of Salesforce Park. I suggested they connect with Imagiknit for Knitting Classes and became excited by the challenge of knitting an art installation among their trees. Working primarily online to an international audience is always exciting, but I was intrigued by the prospect of creating something tangible, in real life, here in my home city of San Francisco. After a hardhat tour of the Park’s construction in late 2017, I zeroed in on 3 trees being planted in the Art Cart area of their Main Plaza and was inspired to knit a pumpkin patch! 
This will be my first large-scale outdoor yarn bombing project. Initially, I was slated to present my yarn bomb creation in October 2018, but two weeks prior to installation, the Park closed because of safety concerns. My pumpkins have been patiently waiting in my studio for their day in the sun all year. Using over 16,000 feet of yarn, I have spent over 300 hours hand-knitting 180,000 stitches. The trees will be wrapped in multi-colors of harvest corn with vibrant three-dimensional pumpkins, vines, and flowers. 
I’m crossing my fingers it holds up to weather and temptations of little hands grabbing onto the pumpkin softies. They will be available for visitors to view from October 19 - 31, 2019. I hope everyone enjoys visiting the installation, tags their selfies with #studioknit, and joins me Wednesday, October 23 at 1pm for a fun meet-up and chance to tell you more about my creative process.

 

ABOUT STUDIO KNIT CREATOR KRISTEN MCDONNELL: In January 2014, San Francisco resident Kristen McDonnell founded the popular website and YouTube channel Studio Knit, which today has received over 17 million video views. For more information, visit www.studioknitsf.com.

ABOUT SALESFORCE PARK: Salesforce Park is a 5.2-acre rooftop park with free events and activities; programming year-round, open dailySeventy feet above the Grand Hall, the Park runs the entire length of the Transit Center’s nearly four-block stretch and is home to 600 trees and 16,000 plants arranged in 13 different botanical featured areas.

Posted by ImagiKnit Corp in Local Artists, Shop News

Wool 101: Sheep to Sweater Workshop

December 29, 2018
Join us on Wednesday, January 23 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm  to get acquainted with the unusual wool produced within 150 miles or less of ImagiKnit, hands on!  
Stephany Wilkes, certified sheep shearer, wool classer and author of Raw Material: Working Wool in the West, will relate the hidden story of how wool moves from sheep to sweater! 
She’ll have raw wool samples to illustrate crimp, color, length, strength and fineness.
The workshop will cover different breeds of sheep (with a focus on California sheep and wool) and how characteristics of wool are reflected in locally made yarn. Participants will learn how to class and grade wool samples.
The cost of the workshop Is $35.  Bring your knitting and join us for a fun evening and learn about the fiber that we all love so much!   
Click here to register.
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Local Fiber Artist: Steffanie Goodman

May 28, 2018

We're excited to be hosting a window installation by local fiber artist Steffanie Goodman of Heirloom Culture!

steffanie goodman heirllom culture

Steffanie designs and makes unique wall hangings and accessories. Her company, Heirloom Culture, provides unique decor for the chic and artful collector.  

Steffanie's work is beautiful and unique! We had an opportunity to ask Steffanie some questions about her work. 

1. How would you describe your work?  

My work is eclectic- contemporary and refined, yet organic and playful. I am always exploring new techniques, materials, styles and color combinations. My color story is often bright jewel tones with whites and gold, but I also work with neutral pallets. Those decisions are often based on my mood, design trends I find inspiring, or my clients' needs.  I create unique wall hangings and women's accessories, and also do commercial art installations on occasion. I work primarily with natural fibers, and often incorporate repurposed or industrial materials like metal, leather or wood. For example, I create meaningful art for clients by repurposing sentimental materials and weaving them into the piece. I love exploring the qualities of fiber- it's texture, permeability and color, and the balance of soft and opaque, against the shine and durability of metals, or wood.  

2. How/when did you get interested in weaving and how did you learn to weave?
Raised by a fine artist mother and garment industry father, I'd always had an appreciation for textiles, art, and fashion.  While healing after a serious injury in 2015, I was introduced to Saori weaving by a family friend when I showed her a picture I'd seen on Instagram of an abstract woven cloth and asked if she knew how it was created. I found a Saori weaving studio in Berkeley, unfortunately no longer there, and started weaving on the weekends. From the moment I began weaving I was captivated- it awakened me to the connection with female artisans of antiquity,  reconnected me to my spirit and my passion to create.  Since that time at Lynn Harris's studio in Berkeley, I've taken a Tapestry weaving course with Tricia Goldberg (Berkeley), a floor loom weaving course at CCSF with Janice Sullivan, workshops with Meghan Shimek and Alicia Scardetta,  workshops at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn, NY, and apprenticed with Johanna Friedman, learning the steps for Jacquard weaving on her TC2 machine loom. 

3. What types of materials do you work with? 

Natural and synthetic yarns (wool, wool roving, cotton, linen, silk, metallics, rayon, Tencel, jute), leather, metal chain and metal bars, wood, and even plant matter! Am I leaving anything out? Well, when I create memory pieces for clients I will repurpose the materials they provide me and weave them> I've woven horse hair, fishnet stockings, maps of Cuba- you name it! I often hang my work on metal dowels or clear acrylic dowels. Sometimes I frame them.

4. Where do you find inspiration for your pieces?

I find inspiration in art (I stop into galleries and museums as often as I can, and read art blogs online), fashion (lots of window shopping and reading fashion blogs online), interior design (I love home decor!), nature (beach scapes and flower gardens are the best sources!) and through my travels. 

5. Do you do other types of work with textiles?

I love exploring textiles and textile design. I have been repurposing clothing since I was a kid, cutting up and making anew, the things I was bored with, painting on my jeans, bedazzling things, making my own clothing when I was in college, DIY tie-dyed clothes in my bathtub, etc.  I also do a bit of Shibori and natural dying, felting, some sewing, painting on fabric, embellishments, and am teaching myself block printing. 
6. What projects are you currently working on?

I am currently working on weaving a few pieces for a home that will be featured in a design magazine, I am designing new pieces for my next installation at a boutique in Hayes Valley this summer, and I am felting silk scarves for commissions for Mother's Day gifts! 

 

Stop by and check out Steffanie's work in our window!  It's colorful and playful and just makes you smile! 

Click here to see more of Steffanie's work. 

Photos courtesy of Heirloom Culture.  

Posted by ImagiKnit Corp in Local Artists, Shop News

Local Fiber Artist: Sheila Halali

February 09, 2018

We're thrilled to be hosting an installation in our window by fiber artist Sheila Halali of Halali Studio!

Sheila Halali

Sheila's 'Mini Hoop Series' was recently on display at the Abrams Claghorn Gallery in Albany. Her work is simply stunning!

Sheila Halali

We had an opportunity to ask Sheila a few questions: 

1. How would you describe your work?
I like to think my work is romantically moody. I try to capture a certain energy and mood in each piece, and always throw in some small whimsical touches. 
Sheila Halali
 2. How did you find your way to the Hoop Series? 
I try to find as many ways as possible to use my scrap materials and make a slightly smaller impact on the environment. This Mini Hoop Series came out of one of those moments- I had finished my large pieces for the gallery and was left with tons of small remnants. 
The mini hoops are actually so much fun because they are quick to make, so you don't have to wait forever to see a finished piece like you do with larger works. 
I also love making them because they sell at a much more accessible price point, and open my work up to a wider audience. 
Sheila Halali
3. Where do you find your inspiration?
I've always been quite drawn to words- English was always my favorite class growing up (surprisingly I didn't love art class), and so I think it was kind of a natural form of inspiration when I started my creative journey. I'm constantly inspired by stories- by the human experiences that are so difficult to find words to express. I consider myself a "virtual storyteller" and strive to put those stories and experiences and emotions into a language that anyone can understand. 
Sheila Halali
 4. Is your work mainly with textiles?
Yes- My formal training is in Fashion Design, which is where my love of textiles and fibres emerges. I love the malleability of textiles that is hard to find with other materials- when you learn to drape as a Fashion Designer you learn not to force the fabric to do something it doesn't want to you...you have to listen to how the fabric wants to react, and what it is telling you. 
That being said, I've recently started finding joy in some hard materials. I made a live edge wood table with the help of my boyfriend's dad, which has sparked an interest in wood. I also worked with copper for the first time for this project and am really excited to do so again. 
My work will always be focused in textiles, but I'm really excited to see how I can incorporate and mix new materials in!
 
Sheila Halali
5. Art or craft?
Both. Neither. I wish there was a word that combined the 2- that acknowledges the art that exists within craftsmanship. I've always struggled with considering myself an artist, since my training is in Fashion Design. I went to art school, and still never felt like an artist. 
There is currently a big movement around the "maker" community, which I find very appealing. Most of the people are Fibre artists, but it includes craftsman, artists, and yes, sometimes even crafters. But they don't discriminate or get hung up on the distinction. It is the most welcoming and friendly community of people around the world- they find their joy in the act of physically making things. This community is where I feel most at home at the moment. 
Sheila Halali
 
6. What are you currently working on?
I just started a new large weaving- in creams and whites, which is way outside my comfort zone, but I'm trying to push myself this year. 
I am also designing and making a friend's wedding dress, which is probably the most exciting thing for me! I have dreams of one day having my own bridal line- nontraditional, with hand-woven, hand-dyed and painted elements. Something for the artistic brides, which I feel is lacking in the market still. 
Sheila Halali
Stop by and check out Sheila's gorgeous window display.  Click here to see more of Sheila's work.
Instagram: @halali_studio
Custom works available: Please contact Sheila at sheila@halalistudio.com 
Photos courtesy of Halali Studio
 
Posted by ImagiKnit Corp in Local Artists, Shop News

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