Exploring Landscape Through Machine Knitting
Instructor: Anne Emlein 2016 CAP Master
Supplies/Materials Fee: $60
Enrollment limit: 10
Level: Geared toward beginners, however experienced machine knitters are welcome!
Using hand-operated knitting machines, students will be introduced to basic functions, as well as an overview of the craft and history of machine knitting. The course will begin by focusing on fundamental techniques of casting on and off, exploring stitch size, and learning basic knitting techniques, as well as proper machine care and trouble shooting. Taking inspiration from Haystack and surroundings, students will use the knitting machine to explore colors, textures, atmosphere and sense of place through a variety of yarns and techniques. Students will create samples or “sketches” through yarn changes, color changes and stitch manipulation to capture the essence of the environment. Knitting machines and tools will be provided, and yarns will be purchased to use and share among students during the workshop.
As a child, Anne Emlein spent summers in Phippsburg, ME, with her grandmother, who inspired her to pursue a fiber arts degree. She earned a BFA in Textiles from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1981 and purchased her first knitting machine shortly thereafter. She went on to earn a Certificate in Discipline‐Based Art Education from the Getty: California Consortium for Arts Education, and an MFA in Textiles from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has been exhibited in numerous regional and national craft shows and museums. In 2012 Anne founded the Textile and Fashion Design Department at the Maine College of Art (MECA), where she taught for four years. Presently Anne is adjunct faculty at RISD where she teaches machine knitting in the Textile Department. In 2016, Emlein was selected as a master artist for the Craft Apprentice Program (CAP) offered by the Maine Crafts Association in partnership with the Maine Arts Commission.