Gilles Balmet Rorschach, 2004

All of those CR illustrations with "plaster" masks somehow turned me on to Rorshak type ink blots...

I ran into this Yazbukey Cult poster at Linlee Allen (super talented writer/photojournalist) 's blog yesterday. I love love love the illustration style and it reminded me of the series of sketches of Kate that Cedric Rivrain did for Numero a few years ago. Ha - yes, maybe I could have looked in the lower corner of the poster before spending 10min trying to google an answer (argh! must stop using google search like a crystal ball or something!). So yes, it is him! I haven't seen any of his work around in a while, so I dug up some images... I can't get enough of the jellyfish/rorschach test hair on the poster!!!

So now I'm wondering how I had never heard of Yazbukey before. After doing a bit of research I guess it's because their previous collections aren't really up my alley...the Cult collection, however had my nose pressed up against my poor little mac screen in notime! Check some of these out:

Yarn Theory

PS122 takes part in the knitting blowup with:

"Yarn Theory, an exhibition which highlights the vibrant and deep interrelationship between the sciences, mathematics, crocheting and knitting. From mathematicians looking for clear and visual ways to model their theorem to home-knitters and artists looking to create unique sculptural objects, the world of contemporary yarn work is rife with cross-pollination between the disciplines. The explosion in the popularity of knitting and crochet has yielded an interest in using the medium to go far beyond sweaters, socks, and wearables into the worlds of geometry, biology, natural sciences, and to push the medium’s sculptural boundaries."

For any of you who have tried your hand at pattern making, or even better - making a piece with a "made by me and recorded only in my brain" pattern, you can appreciate the spatial and exponential subtleties that go into the process (especially if your pet project comes out looking like a sea monster). I'm looking forward to checking this one out! Looks like they're trying to stay away from fashion and go the "other uses" route, but I wish they had some Sandra Backlund in there. I can't get her stuff out of my head lately and would love to see some up close and personal...

Here's the info:

PS122 Gallery
East Village / Lower East Side
150 First Avenue, 212 288 4249
April 25 - May 17, 2009
Opening: Saturday, April 25, 5 - 7PM
Web Site

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Curator: Martha Lewis

Artists: Ted Ashton, Emily Barletta, Sarah-Marie Belcastro, Nancy Cohen, Rita Cohen, and Anschel Schaffer-Cohen, Christine Domanic, Kate Fenker,

Amanda Gale, Miyuki Kawamura, Martha Lewis, Margaret Oomen, Gail Rothschild, Daina Taimina, Daniel Yuhas

Guerrilla Knitting Project: “9th Street Fence,” organized by Karen Eubel

Hallway Project: Robyn Love, “The Knitted Mile”

Performance: Lisa Daehlin in an OperaKnit Cabaret, with yarn antics by Flash Rosenberg and piano accompaniment by Louis Menendez

In the Web

Mark Fast

It's been around for a while and I'm still tring to egg myself into making a little crazy crochet top out of some organic cotton thread to layer this summer... Although Sandra Backlund is still my fave, these pieces by Mark Fast - St.Martin's Masters Grad - get me going too. I love the macreme/crochet feel made super-modern. The pieces here are from his earlier collections. Since then he's been developing in a decidedly architectural direction, give yourself a treat and check out his new stuff.

Top Knot

The Topknot:
I've loved this one since I was a kid! Can't wait for neck-bearing weather...

V Magazine Editorial/ Inspiration

I love the light and dark play going on with all of the layering...