Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Knitters tell me they're based on traditional glove and sock forms. The animals she and others knitted were placed in museums and schools for children to play with, to keep the traditional patterns alive in their imaginations, and alive in the culture.
Anu Raud is elderly now, and a tapestry weaver. Her tapestry is brilliant, contemporary, and large scale. The book Kiri Kari has endpapers (above) with drawings (I assume) by Anu Raud, and there is one page of photos of knitting as it progresses in the making of a pig, but otherwise, it is not meant as an instruction book. I use it for inspiration. I have yards of woven rag and linen rosepath fabric now, which could become a set of animals. The anticipation of this potential is a luxurious state of mind for me, when my imagination has been stirred, and I'm relishing it. I purchased my book online from an Estonian bookstore. What a world we live in! It was in my mailbox in Avalanche two weeks later. Look Anu Raud up in Google images and treat yourself.