Folk Knitting Magazine 2015
Delve into cultures that value handiwork and traditions. Explore multiple continents and historic knitting traditions. This issue will not only reveal folk artistry from across the world but it will ignite your love for the “slow arts.” Reconnect with traditions and cultures.
“Folk art manifests the values and aesthetics of traditional cultures around the world. Via techniques, colors, and motifs passed down from generation to generations (often informally), folk artists express a cultural identity rather than an individual’s.” (Paraphrased by Deborah Gerish from the International Folk Art Alliance’s website)
Deborah (the editor) further writes, “folk artists can survive and even thrive economically because their creations stand out today. Humans decorate their bodies, clothing, and households because they enjoy the process and/or the end result. We have always celebrated beauty alongside function. If you’re a knitter, this concept will not surprise you: you have already felt the thrill of making. With Folk Knitting’s collection of garments and accessories, your artistic repertoire can now include new color combinations, design flourishes, graphic elements, and knitting techniques.”