Some weeks back a company named WireKnitZ® put out a call for artists interested in experimenting with their product. They make copper wire, tubular knit for artisans and crafters. It can be stretched, stitched, rolled, beaded, braided, woven, layered, shaped and even reshaped, giving designs structural integrity while remaining supple, flexible, and lightweight. It is available in three knit styles, two widths, two wire gauges, and is polyurethane enamel-finished in a kaleidoscope of colors. Nice colors, too! Here is their URL if you want to see more: http://wireknitz.com/ (BTW- I am in no way associated with the company!)
They were requesting artists and crafters to send them visual samples of art works, jewelry, etc. for them to look at, which I did. I sent numerous images that showed the wide range of techniques and materials I work with. I got an excited response right away from the president, who had taken the time to look through my website. We spoke by phone and within a week I got a large box of the most fantastic array of wire knit, in yummy colors, ripe for the playing!
You'll know I am completely nuts when I tell you that there is no compensation for doing this other than $25 for extra incidentals, and that I have spent dozens and dozens of hours during the last couple of weeks on art works and experiments for them to OWN for use at promotional events such as quilt shows, trade shows, etc. That's why I titled this blog post The ExperiMENTALor... I'm definitely crazy when it comes to trying new things...no holds barred!
Here are some of the first experimentations I did. I hope you'll enjoy seeing where I have gone with this material, and try some of your own explorations!
I then started working on larger pieces.