Knit, Purl, Sew at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden…this gorgeous exhibit actually ended in January 2014, but the pieces were so beautiful that I thought everyone should still get a chance to see them!
Displayed in the conservatory, these larger-than-life knitted plants, flowers, and veggies hung from the ceiling and graced the walls. The very talented knitters are artists Tatyana Yanishevsky, Santiago Venegas, and Ruth Marshall, and these works took two years to complete.
The exhibit contained an eye-popping twenty-one pieces—nineteen from Tatyana Yanishevsky alone. “It was a knitting challenge to create these forms, to have them be three-dimensional and puffed out where they needed to be,” she says.
It was Yanishevsky whose work caught the eye of the Botanic Garden’s director of science, Susan Pell. When Pell saw Yanishevsky’s work online, she admired its scientific accuracy and got the idea for Knit, Purl, Sew. “We were impressed with the way a lot of her pieces show all the parts of the flower or plant, the roots,” says Sonal Bhatt, the Botanic Garden’s vice president of education. Once Yanishevsky was on board, Bhatt approached other artists whose work she felt was complementary, inviting Santiago Venegas and Ruth Marshall.
Check out these amazing, three-dimensional works of knitting art!