Knavel composes cloth koi creation

Knavel composes cloth koi creation

Knavel composes cloth koi creation

Excerpt found at http://westerncourier.com/

Shannon Norris

Knavel composes cloth koi creation

Jenny Knavel, a professor at Western Illinois University, was able to put on an art exhibit with the help of the summer stipend grant which is awarded through Western’s office of special projects. The artwork consisted of intricate cloth designs with koi stitched into the fabric, bringing out various colors and patterns.
“Taking industrial and nature and then putting all of these materials together to make it whole and more beautiful than a singular piece,” said Veronique Kunca, a senior art education major, when talking about the complexity of the artwork. “ would say this is a very hard piece, because she would have to photograph all of these, and I don’t know if there are blueprints, or if all of these are drawn by her, per say, but she would have to take pictures of all of those, then she would have to print all of those on different types of fabric and then cut them up into the shapes that she desires then sew them back together, which sewing takes a lot of time and patience
to do.”
“I have in-laws who live in an apartment complex,” Knavel said. “They had this fantastic koi pond there, and they’re the kind of fish you can just throw those little pellets out there and (the koi) just go crazy and they start eating. So when they were doing that, I was snapping pictures. So I got these fantastic pictures in Cedar Rapids (Iowa) of all these beautiful koi fish.”
Knavel also points out that part of her decision of the design came to her after being granted the funding from the university.
“With that money, I was able to fund a lot of what I did there,” Knavel said. “And I’ve been a big fan of hyper cords for a long time, and I also teach photography. I took a workshop and learned a lot about textile printing and digital textile printing, printing directly on fabrics, and using big large format digital printers and I thought, ‘Hmm, that’s a good way to incorporate photography and other kinds of imagery with textiles and make these pieces that I enjoy doing.’ It’s a mix between working with the photographs and then design that is inspired by kind of traditional quilting traditions and then just some of my own ideas, too.”
Knavel goes on to say how the art department helps the students and the Macomb community come together for social gatherings.

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