Brooke Marks-Swanson

When I say ‘knitting’ what comes to your mind? For me it conjures up images of women knitting stubbly woolen socks, sweaters and hats, of snow drifts and long dark winters, years before the invention of department stores, acrylic yarns and internet shopping.

Growing up in Midwest USA, Brooke Marks-Swanson has probably experienced her share of long winters so I’m not surprised some of her work is expressed with knitting. From her artist statement on Klimt02…

Born from the human need to protect ourselves from the elements, knitting quickly became a common thread throughout Europe and the Middle East early in the common era. To me, it represents the human need, artistry in its variations, and a universal language. Accumulation of singularly hand knit material worked en mass, proves great satisfaction for me. Fantastical and surreal landscapes emerge through wistful color combinations describing visceral feelings of the season, change, and uncertainty. The tended and wild materializes to describe the vastness and flatness of my beloved landscape but one that proves universal to us all’.

Check out her website here or follow her on Instagram here.

Brooke Marks-Swanson
Brooch : ‘Close’ 2012, copper, acrylic, 18k gold, 22k gold leaf, aquamarine
Necklace - Basket #10 leather, silver 18k gold, 22k goldleaf
Necklace : Basket #10, leather, silver, 18k gold, 22k gold leaf
Necklace ; fantastical winter landscape:snow drift, 2018 hand knit leather, sterling silver
Necklace : Fantastical Winter Landscape/Snow Drift, 2018, hand-knit leather, sterling silver
Neckpiece- Basket #11 leather, silver
Neckpiece : Basket #11, leather, sterling silver
Neckpiece: Basket Collar #3 2016 Hand knie leather, vinyl, oxidized silver rare earth magnet
Neckpiece : Basket Collar #3, 2016, hand knit leather, vinyl, oxidized silver, rare earth magnet

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