Knitting can take you many places. It can be a therapeutic way to pass your time, a calming avenue for you to relax, or something you do to make gifts for others. And then it can also be a way to unleash your inner artist—a way to express your opinions creatively.
This is the case for Danish-Irish artist Inge Jacobsen, who uses her crafting skills (mainly embroidery, knitting, and needlework) to re-imagine photographs of women in the pages of magazines like Harper’s Bazaar, GQ, The Guardian, Vogue, Dazed & Confused, among others. She has been featured on and in Dazed Digital, Juxtapoz, Vogue.com, Telegraph.co.uk, DesignMilk, and many more publications.
“I use photographs because just as a photograph captures a moment in time—a split second. Each stitch captures the moments physically endured by the artist over the course of its creation,” Jacobsen explains. “It’s about using traditional methods but within a modern context.”
This is true, you can actually see the hard work in her art. Inspired by the antique tapestries she inherited from her grandmother, Jacobsen includes literally everything you see on the covers, including graphics, the model, and the background.
What’s she working on now? “I am currently working with photographer Rebecca Thomas and using a series of her images. I’m also experimenting with different type of stitch to create a paint like effect, with stitches that resemble brush strokes,” she says.
What about you? We would love to hear your stories of creatively in your knitting and crocheting!