I am not much of a knitter – in fact, I don’t and can’t knit at all! However, that does not prevent me from admiring Sandra Backlund’s heavy wool collage kniting. She is unlike any other ‘knitter’ I have come across – she is an artist and sculptor whose medium is wool and whose paint brush is in the form of two knitting needles.
She has an amazing understanding of form and structure. When designing she starts with the human body – “I am really fascinated by all the ways you can highlight, distort and transform the natural silhouette with clothes and accessories.”
The thing she loves most about her knitting is “the freedom to make your own fabric while working. For me it is the absolute challenge. All the levels of skills you have to pass before you can even think about starting to improvise. It is the real thing and everything that the modern fashion industry is not.”
Her work is truly amazing!