Boston, MA – Sculptural Knitting
Written by Karen Womack
Adrienne is a sculptural knitter and mixed media artist with a social conscious behind her work.
Originally from New York, Adrienne graduated from Pitt and traveled in Asia for 3 years after graduation. She credits her interest in textiles from her time in Asia and its rich selection of embroidery, silks, and rugs. She bought a used knitting machine after seeing examples of how machine knitting pieces can be fully sculptured and then followed a 10-year stint making colorful, dimensional hast to sell at craft fairs.
Political times and the differences in the way people live are the two things that influence her work. Her first machine knitted fully sculptural piece was a chocolate strawberry cake, completed May 17, 2004 – the same day same-sex marriage was legalized in Massachusetts
A more recent work is The Unraveling, a knitted American flag displayed in front of a fabric panel of the U.S. Constitution. The piece is accompanied by a performance in which she unravels the flag to depict of the decay of democratic ideas. The Unraveling toured for almost four years with the last installation at the Massachusetts State House in early 2020.
An early anti-war piece, Truth to Power, was selected for an Award for Excellence in Installation and is featured in the Spring 2022 edition of Fiber Art Now, a quarterly magazine for fiber artists.
This is the third time her work has been juried into a Fiberart International show. At The End of My Rope will be exhibited at the Brew House Gallery. She plans to attend the opening reception and will be available to talk about her work.