Like Rumpelstiltskin turning straw into gold, knitting is transformed.
I love to blur the boundary between textiles and glass. And also play with our preconceptions of both knitting and glass. In knitted glass, the structure of the material takes precedence over its function. We notice the twisting interconnection between the stitches, the deepening of color where the stitches overlap, and the spaces between the stitches.
But, this work goes beyond mere process. It is a metaphor for the grass roots of social structure. An individual strand, weak and brittle on its own, becomes deceptively strong when formed into stitches and knitted 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. Just like our social fabric, the connections are what bring strength and integrity to the whole and what keeps it intact.