All swatches are knit on a single bed Brother knitting machine. Techniques emphasized, top to bottom: 1-3: knit weaving, 4-5: eyelets, 6-11: punch cards, 12-14: landscape stripe
Japanese Maple Cloak
This garment was knit and pieced together on a single bed Brother knitting machine. Each piece of the garment is a square or rectangle, and the shaping of the garment results from fabric manipulation and piecing.
The garment was inspired by a childhood memory of sitting underneath the canopy of my Nana’s Japanese Maple Tree.
“Adults who are racked with death anxiety are not odd birds who have contracted some exotic disease, but men and women whose family and culture have failed to knit the proper protective clothing for them to withstand the icy chill of mortality.” — Irvin Yalom, Psychiatrist
This garment was knit and shaped on a single bed Brother knitting machine using punch cards and screen printed prior to being pieced.
Inspired by a series of interviews I conducted with a grief counselor about the ways people and communities engage with and heal through grief, I wanted to construct a garment that tells my own story of bereavement, comforts the wearer, and encourages the viewer to engage with the text.