Ugly Duckling

I am utterly obsessed with machine knitting.  For me it’s the perfect combination of mechanical engineering and artistic creativity.  But why, oh why can’t I be satisfied with making things out of wool?  Instead, I can’t stop myself trying to use wire which snaps, tangles, breaks and generally jams before my work falls in a heap for the umpteenth time.  Maybe I should have been more realistic given that the Gladstone rule is that it takes 10,000 hours of practice for success.

Imagine my joy when finally I found the tension and technique to produce something lovely.  A phoenix from the ashes of despair.  An ugly duckling that became a swan.  What was initially unappealing and unpromising had the potential to become beautiful and admirable in maturity.  There is hope for us all.

Published by jencableart

Jen Cable uses textile techniques and processes to explore culture; drawing attention to the outmoded, fabulous and bizarre. You can see her work in progress on instagram jencableart. Jen studied Mechanical Engineering before returning to art later in life. She combines perceived soft, feminine processes with hard, masculine materials to provoke thought on gender and society.

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