Baa, Baa Black Sheep, Have You Any Wool?

Last week instead of knitting at knitting group, we took a field trip to a wool exhibition: Here’s the description of it:

Wool Modern, is the 2011 highlight of the campaign for wool. (Patron, His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales). The exhibition focuses on the modern, innovative and avant garde use of wool throughout creative industries. It is set to break traditional perceptions of the wool fiber and create a new platform for wool in the 21st century.

The best part was that they allowed pictures, so you get to see it too!

Until we saw a later dress 🙂

The Prince Charming coat.

“Wooly Mountains”

The Nest. Made from a frame of rattan and bamboo wrapped in wool. Looks like a perfect place for blog writing to me!

This chair blurs the line between body and object. See, it looks like a woman! Can you see the mermaid perched on top?

This gorgeous wool coat was made to inspire youth to face life bravely like a nomad, believing they are worthy. Nice sentiment, but I just really like the coat!

We thought the hat on the left looked like somebody had waited until the last minute to start working on their submission. The other hat is pretty funny.

The jumper (I assume that refers to a sweater) chair. This is made from one long piece of felted fabric.

This is Dahlia. It can be a stool or bench for two, or laid flat to use as a cushion. And it’s a sculpture. Genius!

A stitch stool. It’s meant to show an exagerated scale of knitting stitches. And it’s really cool looking too.

One long piece of felted fabric is attached to the back of this chair so you can wrap it around you. What a great idea!

We thought the hat could also double as a bag when you needed it.

Ruffly dress, women’s ready to wear. But would you?

“Waiter in Wool”. The very nicely tailored jacket saves this from being a total giggle.

Mythical Creature. Or perhaps the guy you could take out to dinner when your husband’s out of town.

A rag dress. Really? Sorry, it was just ugly.

This dress however, was fabulous. Another one of our favorites.

Another item where it seems that the creator ran out of time and just threw something together.

This light represents the melodies of a harp. Lovely.

Another stitch stool.

The Knit Monster

A lamp shade made with thick wool strings. Our thought: Who’s going to dust that dust magnet?

We pondered a long time to figure out what this sculpture was all about. Final verdict: no redeeming qualities–it’s just gross.

A pod dress. Too funny for words.

This was called the Penguin Dress. Can you see the shape of Batman?

This was made from hand printed and burned boiled wool to look like gold. It was amazing!

This bike sculpture that we saw coming and going from the building, extended a couple of floors in the stairwell.

The striking lights in the lobby of the building the exhibit was in.

A remembrance of summer for you all–the beautiful flowered wall by the Bund.

Mail Envelope–remembrances of Fall’s past as we have no colorful leaves here.

I’ve been wondering if our Amazon server would stay up during the storm so that I could actually post this. So far, so good. I hope things are going all right for all of you hunkering down in Sandy. Wish I could send you all one of those chairs with the big blanket for when your electric and heat are out! My continued prayers are with you all. And I hope it’s not a week before you see this, because your electric has been out that long!

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About DECRYPTKNIT: knitter on the loose in Shanghai

Hi, I'm Marisa Newhouse, a former pharmacist (for a brief time during the Reagan administration) who's real calling was probably anything that has to do with cooking, plants, literature and especially knitting; hence my last and favorite job, working at Woolyminded, a wonderful yarn store. But now, I have moved half a world away to Shanghai where my husband will be working. Lots of people are interested in what we will be doing here and I have always kept journals of our travels, so I thought I'd do it the modern way and keep a blog.
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4 Responses to Baa, Baa Black Sheep, Have You Any Wool?

  1. Ramona Williamson says:

    Great pic, but some were really out of this world. Where do they come up with those ideas! Good to hear fromyou and hope you are all well.!Love lyou, Aunt Mona

  2. I want to be the knit monster. Great photos of great stuff. Thanks

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