Greetje Hein – Country – Artist
Country – Artist
Inspiration: My artists are the women who are knitting Icelandic sweaters and keeping the folk-art alive. I admire all the different patterns they use.
Iceland has a lot of shops where you can buy hand-knitted sweaters made of Icelandic wool. It’s a big export product, but also the Icelandic people wear them. A lot of women knit at home and bring a pile of sweaters to a shop now and then. I want to honor all these women who keep the folk-art alive and are part of the economy of their homeland.
The background is made with squares, just like the second one of this series. I used snow-dyed fabrics and created the pattern from the knitted part of the first piece.I quilted this into V-shapes, like a knitting stitch. A stamp of a ball of wool is used to stamp some V-shapes on the background too.
Both rectangles are a photocopy of the knitted part from the first piece. I transferred it on fabric with gel medium.
I used hand-dyed felt for the sweaters and embroidered it with perlé 8. Each sweater hangs on a wooden stick I painted with metallic paint. They symbolize the knitting needles.