Life Patterns is a community-inspired visual art exhibit that asks the question,
"Why do we knit and crochet?"
As a fiber artist, I use knitting and crochet for the sake of art; however, there are many other motivations to participate in the act (craft, business, pleasure, religious application, sentimental affiliation, etc). Life Patterns is an exhibition that explores these motivations and celebrates the stories of the people behind them.
In March 2019, I began interviewing 36 members of the fiber community to discover how and why they participate in the craft. Crocheters and knitters of all ages and skill levels were encouraged to participate. During the interview, the participants were asked to show me a particular pattern or stitch of their choosing. The patterns are being used as inspiration for paintings and all of the patterns learned and paintings will be displayed in a quilt-like display at AlterWork Studios in November 2019.


This exhibition is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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