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The Aesthetic of Funk

March 20, 2012

Handmade Portraits: Xenobia Bailey from Etsy on Vimeo.

A thought provoking video on artist Xenobia Bailey.

It’s intriguing that she thinks of her mandalas as color exercises. Just like an athlete does exercises to strengthen muscles. So must the artist perform exercises to stay on top of their game.

Perhaps, we need to stop loathing swatches and think of them as knitting exercises. Especially since they do help us to make better finished objects. A simple change in perspective.

As a knitter or crocheter, what is your signature style? Do you have a visual icon that time and time again you turn to as a source of inspiration?

Ms. Bailey’s reference to her family, the type of household she was raised in and her culture as defining her personal signature is a compelling discussion.

How much of what you like is simply based on your family?

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Just keep knitting, knitting, knitting…


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