Carol Milne – Knitted glass

Carol Milne – Knitted glass

Carol Milne is an internationally recognised Canadian artist most known for her work with knitted glass. Her website-

I find this work incredibly inspiring and it really makes you look twice. Milne uses wax to knit the sculpture and then casts it with glass, often using multiple colours and seeing how they interact. The way lighting transforms the pieces is beautiful, reminiscent of stained glass windows.

I think a large part of why it is so successful is that she leaves the needles in the work, giving the pieces a sense of energy and life, and I think that my favourite pieces are the ones where she has done this.

 Leaving the needles in makes it obvious it is handknitted, leading to the audience questioning how, as there is no way you could possibly knit with glass, yet there it is. This is definitely something that I may use if I do knit with an unusual material, as it makes the audience question how, and appear as though actually knitted using that material, rather than cast.

“I see my knitted work as a metaphor for social structure. Individual strands are weak and brittle on their own, but deceptively strong when bound together. You can crack or break single threads without the whole structure falling apart. And even when the structure is broken, pieces remain bound together. The connections are what bring strength and integrity to the whole and what keep it intact.” -Carol Milne

I notice that with these pieces the in my opinion the most effective works are the simplest ones, as whilst the boots and teapots are attractive they don’t have the same impact, with more going on the meaning is distorted and less apparent as to why such a method was used and the energy is removed from the pieces.

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