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Artist Statement

Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer

The structure of hand-knitted lace has infinite variations — creating excitement in my artistic discoveries, and ever-challenging me to intriguing possibilities.

I have a background in music and mathematics, therefore I enjoy the process of capturing the melody of lacy light and shadow, and harmonizing it with the style and function of the intended article. The process of design and experimentation evolves, sometimes through many iterations. But ultimately must be a coherent whole before I am satisfied.

Fundamentally, knitted lace is a simple structure — two basic elements — planned holes (i.e. extra loops of thread) and compensating decreases (i.e. reducing two or more loops of thread into one). However, the myriad of combinations in size and relationship of these elements yields fabrics that can look exceedingly complex. For me, the artistic challenge is also to simultaneously form knitted lace into seamless garments or three-dimensional objects that retain their integrity in both form and function.

Detail of #S04 Beaded Elegance Beaded Lace Elegance

My tools are merely pointed "sticks" of either smooth metal or wood — these are used to hold the knitted loops (i.e. stitches) and form new stitches. I use the best quality threads as is appropriate for an heirloom treasure. Sometimes I choose these from select commercial sources, or use threads that I handspin especially for the project. The threads may be natural or dyed, where colorways are selected to complement the lace structure. I am especially fond of using bias lace structures, as they provide exciting angular and swirling movement in the fabric design. I also like to incorporate beads into knitted lace fabric; this holds additional opportunities for color and textural interaction.

I aspire to excel in the design and creation of hand-knitted lace. To educate and preserve for succeeding generations, the appreciation of fine lace knitting as a functional art form. And to mentor in the design and technical skills of knitting, thus encouraging artists in their own individual lace knitting creations.

Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer (Jackie E-S)

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Thank you for interest. I am here to serve you and help keep your knitting a pleasurable experience. If you have questions or need assistance with purchasing or knitting my HeartStrings patterns, let me know. Sincerely, Jackie E-S

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