Gschwandtner is a New York-based artist, curator and author, best known for leading a new wave of knitting activism. In her own work, Gschwandtner applies a range of photographic and textile mediums,
including Super 8 film, digital video, 35 mm slides, sewing, crochet,
knitting and embroidery. Her artwork has been
exhibited at various international museums and galleries.
2007 'Wartime Knitting Circle,' shown left, at New York's Museum
of Arts and Design provided a space and materials for knitters
to consider the role their handcraft could play in the Iraq war,
while also serving as a public forum to interact with people of differing
political opinions. This combination of creativity, activism and public dialogue are common in Gschwandtner's work, providing inspiration and incentive to aspiring slow designers.
Gschwandtner is the founder of KnitKnit, a limited edition art journal, and
her book "KnitKnit: Profiles and Projects from Knitting's
New Wave" was published in September 2007.
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