Meet Christopher from Canada!
Outside of the corporate world, Christopher splits his time between Toronto and his log cabin in the arboreous Oak Hills of Stirling Ontario.
More about Chris: Chris is both a participant and host of “Knitters in Residence”, which brings an international faculty of professional knitting teachers to his cabin to lead fibre workshops. His unconventional work is influenced by the environment around him, whether it be from the rugged Canadian landscape, to the vivid colours and graphic designs in Toronto’s tattoo parlors. His work profiles the dichotomy between masculinity and the soft intricate work of knitwear, and has been featured on the runway and at art gallery showings.
Why do you knit? When I was a boy I would love to watch my grandmother knit. Boys weren’t encouraged to knit at that time. 10 years ago I met a guy who knits and spins. I picked up the needles and some yarn and haven’t put them down. My passion quickly became a creative outlet, and today I use my skills to design knitwear and create art installations. For me, knitting provides an opportunity to engage socially, trigger emotion and provoke thought.
Most challenging project (and why)? I recently started knitting with metal wire. It is a much slower process and patience and persistence are definitely needed. It is challenging because I am quickly learning that crocheting would probably be more conducive to this project, however, I am going to tough it out with my knitting needles.
What’s your new favorite thing? Tattoos. I went to a tattoo exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum last year and completely fell in love with the art. The show covered the history of tattoos throughout the world. I am now watching tattoo shows, designing my own tattoos and have recently started collaborating with a tattoo artist to develop knitwear patterns.
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