Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Just for Fun: Textile Related Oddities & Absurdities

Some of this stuff is interesting; some is just butt ugly; a lot of it lets you know that without a doubt, there are a whole lot of people out there with much too much time on their hands.


Quilt Squares created from the London Times cartoons
http://3drose.com/Quilt-Square/Londons-Times-Cartoons-Quilt-Square-tn.html

Exploding Knitting Needles
http://www.ptleader.com/print.asp?ArticleID=10138&SectionID=36&SubSectionID=55

World's Longest Batik - This made the Guiness Book of Records - it measures 12,916 ft (1,200 m) and was created by 1,000 participants in Pekalongan City, Indonesia on September 16, 2005. It was completed in less than 24 hours. Several links:
http://theworldbatikcity.blogspot.com/2007/04/guinnes-world-records-4-pekalongan.html
http://www.indonesialogue.com/about-indonesia/world-batik-record-pekalongan-central-java.html
http://festivalbatik.com/gallery.php

Transportation:
Knitted Ferrari (Full Sized)
http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2006/06/knitted_ferrari.html?CMP=OTC-0D6B48984890

Motorcycle
http://youknitwhattwo.blogspot.com/2006/11/when-granny-rides.html

Animal Inspired:

Turkey – in case you need one for your holiday dinner
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ljc_pics/2052964875/

Turkey Hat - knitted
http://whatnottoknit.wordpress.com/2006/09/30/turkey-anything/

Squid Hat
http://youknitwhattwo.blogspot.com/2006/10/squid-hat.html

Turkey Hat - crocheted
http://whatnottocrochet.wordpress.com/2007/11/22/happy-sexy-turkey-hat-day/

Turkey Tote Bag
http://monstercrochet.blogspot.com/2005/10/back-tack-ii-turkeyzilla-tote-bag.html

Fish
http://mingyisung.com/galleries/fishout/large-8.html

Knitted Dino Skull
http://youknitwhattwo.blogspot.com/2007/05/knitted-dino-skull.html


Their Pets Should Bite Them:

Bulldog Sweater
http://youknitwhattwo.blogspot.com/2007/04/im-back.html

Lion Dog Sweater
http://whatnottoknit.wordpress.com/2007/05/22/lion-dog-sweater/

Purple Nightmare
http://youknitwhattwo.blogspot.com/2007/03/purple-nightmare.html

The Pupoose
http://youknitwhattwo.blogspot.com/2007/10/pupoose.html

You Wear this Where?:

Bunny Suit
http://whatnottocrochet.wordpress.com/2006/01/03/freaky-bunny-suits/

Bank Holdup Ski Masks for the Entire Family
http://poppalina.typepad.com/my_weblog/2006/09/armed_robbery_f.html

What the Hell???
http://youknitwhattwo.blogspot.com/2006/10/happy-halloween.html

Nobody has Ears this Big
http://youknitwhattwo.blogspot.com/2007/01/queen-katamari-ear-muffs.html

When Your Head Needs to Be REALLY Warm
http://youknitwhattwo.blogspot.com/2007/10/is-there-really-garden-hose-gauge-yarn.html

Huh???
http://youknitwhattwo.blogspot.com/2007/07/wtf.html

Mohair Catsuit
http://whatnottoknit.wordpress.com/2006/08/30/hairy-mohair-catsuit/

Gotta Be Road Kill
http://youknitwhattwo.blogspot.com/2006/08/roadkill.html

Even Sara Jessica Parker Wouldn’t Wear These
http://youknitwhattwo.blogspot.com/2007/06/new-in-ho-wear.html

A Plethora of God-Awful Purses
http://youknitwhat.blogspot.com/2006/01/dont-say-i-didnt-warn-you.html
http://youknitwhat.blogspot.com/2006/03/worst-felted-bag-ever.html
http://youknitwhat.blogspot.com/2006/03/ssuckiful.html
http://youknitwhat.blogspot.com/2006/05/ykws-laws-of-knitting.html

Body Parts:

Museum of Scientifically Accurate Fabric Brain Art
- Techniques used include quilting, appliqué,
embroidery, beadwork, knitting, and crocheting.
Materials include fabric, yarn, metallic threads,
electronic components such as magnetic
core memory, and wire, zippers, and beads.
http://harbaugh.uoregon.edu/Brain/index.htm

Knitted Digestive System
http://www.corporeality.net/museion/2005/10/29/reproducing-human-anatomy-in-knitting/
Crocheted Skull
http://doknitter.blogspot.com/2007/09/crochet.html

Crocheted Lungs
http://pencil-roving.blogspot.com/2007/02/crocheted-lungs.html

Anatomically Correct Crocheted Childbirth
Education Doll
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=8222940

Crocheted Womb
http://www.madamefabulous.com/random_crafts/crocheted_womb_04_09_05.html

Knitted Uterus
http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/PATTwomb.html

Knitted Boobs – British hospital using them to
teach new mothers how to breast feed
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/merseyside/6338819.stm

Eyeballs with Nerve Endings
http://monstercrochet.blogspot.com/2005/09/crochet-opthalmologists-wanted.html

GENITALIA
– I kid you not…

Penis Cushions
http://youknitwhattwo.blogspot.com/2007/05/prickly-couch.html

Penis
http://www.theanticraft.com/archive/imbolc07/beanis.htm

Crocheted Vaginas
http://www.crochetmycrotch.com/

Anatomically Correct Sock Monkey
http://www.verkstad.com/monkey.html

Not Your Grandmama's Embroidery:

Nava Lubelski – “My embroidery work explores
the contradictory activities of spoiling and mending,
using a process of hand-stitching over stains, spills
and rips. The marks are either found on ruined
linens and canvas or are approached after a
process of first giving vent to the impulse to
destroy, tearing holes and spilling inks onto a pristine
canvas.”
http://www.navalubelski.com/

Orly Cogan – WARNING: Very Strong Sexual
Content
– from the Artist Statement: “The
tableaux I create are inspired by relationships. They
evolve from the personal mythologies of my
memories…I am drawn to the space between
dichotomies, such as soft and tough, dirty and
clean, fantasy and reality, especially as they relate
to gender. My work explores common feminine
archetypes and stereotypes…In the process, I
aim to provoke certain questions…I hope to ask
all this within the context of constantly
shifting boundaries that define our relationships
and our identities.
http://www.orlycogan.com/


GENERAL - Some of the above were found on the following sites - you need to go through all of the postings - there are so-o-o-o many others I could have/should have cited:

What Not to Knit
http://whatnottoknit.wordpress.com/

What Not to Crochet
http://whatnottocrochet.wordpress.com/

Museum of Kitschy Knits?
http://www.stitchymcyarnpants.com/moks06/

5 comments:

PaMdora said...

What a crazy list! How did you find all these??

PaMdora said...

What a crazy list! How did you find all these??

Gwen Magee (Gwendolyn) said...

Pam,

Clearly, sometimes I have way too much time on my hands also - grin.

Lyric said...

Insane.
.....although I happened to see a few of Nava's "stain" embroideries at the McColl center this summer in Charlotte NC. One of them was captivatingly delicate and beautiful. None of the pictures at her site seem to be that way.

Gwen Magee (Gwendolyn) said...

Lyric, I think its interesting that someone sees a stain and thinks "This could be inspirational" while I on the other hand would only see something that needed to be cleaned or thrown away.

I'd really be interested in knowing if it just started out as a "gimmick" or if she perceived it as the potential for art from the outset.