Designer Series, Knitwear: Metamorphosis Knits
The second post in the Designer Series, Knitwear with Cynthia F. aka CFST, a knitwear student with the goods from Central Saint Martins, focusses on her Metamorphosis Knit project, which she worked on with Jess Quinton. Taking her cue from the Tracy Emin sketch My Abortion she produced a series of sketches and illustrations (don't you just love her illustrations?) that incorporate elements representing a pregnant woman's spine, which Cynthia views as the strongest and weakest part of her body - in the form of panels, as well as lump-like shapes. Her colour scheme comes from the black and white of an ultrasound, and the yellow from the umbilical cord as 'the sign of life'.
Cynthia has taken a controversial work (or at least a very uncomfortable one) in Emin's crudely drawn sketch, extracted themes and translated them into two conceptually driven garments that are wearable, feminine and fun:
The second look is completely machine-knit. It's made with yellow acrylic wool and the pattern is black wool and white elastic for a tight fit around the torso.
Cynthia has a photo shoot soon so we'll get to see how these will look on a model. I'm very curious to see how the first one moves.
Here are the remaining illustrations for the project, they're too good not to show:
Watch for more posts in this series that bend and stretch your perceptions about knitwear, coming soon and ongoing. And let us know your thoughts on any of these designs or the series, we want to hear from you!
Update: See the comments section for discussion about the subject matter and a more indepth explanation from Cynthia (CFST)