I was thinking about those dresses over the weekend, in part because I just finished these hats: one for me and one for Bebe. I would have felt a little silly if the hats matched perfectly, so I switched the color placement on them and frankly still feel a little silly. But I'm happy with them and I don't mind having frogged and reknit my hat four times because it's a great fit now. The baby's hat took no time at all, since by the time I made it I was very experienced with the pattern, gauge, etc.!
Pattern: Kim's Hats from Last-Minute Knitted Gifts
Yarn: Manos del Uruguay, colors Butane (33) and Cerise (47)
Started: too long ago (like maybe two months ago? I can't remember)
Finished: February 19
Here's a photo of us modelling our new chapeaux.
And speaking of wearing the same dress for a long time, this weekend I saw the Andrea Zittel show at the New Museum of Contemporary Art for the second time. I really like Zittel's work, and I think one of the reasons it appeals to me is the way that she has crossed the barrier between art and craft. Zittel's art involves her home and her clothing, and much of her work focuses on creating new ways to shape her living space and the functional items around her. I like the way her mind works. If you are not familiar with her work, here are a few links that may be of interest:
Art:21 short bio and summary of her work. Be sure to view the A-Z Six Month Uniform link
New Museum of Contemporary Art website
Photos and a short article about a Zittel clothing show in Tokyo
Another Zittel show currently showing at the Whitney Museum at Altria
One of my favorite aspects of Zittel's work is the dresses that she makes and wears for six months at a time. Her crocheted dresses are really thoughtful, creative designs that cross the line between fashion and art. Now she's making felted tunics. I wanted to find some nice photos of the crocheted dresses to show you, but they don't seem to be available on her website yet.
Anyway, that photo certainly seemed to capture my mindset this weekend. Perhaps I'll dig it out in time for a Self-Portrait Tuesday post sometime soon. And Mom told me those dresses are still showing up at church periodically; they've been handed down many times. Andrea Zittel would be proud.
Postscript: ok, here it is. My sister, Christy, remembered that it exists in digital format. I hope it's everything I said it was.