Leaving through one of the great catalogues published by the Holland Paper Biennale I once again had to think about the work of Ivano Vitali at the Holland Paper Biennale 2008 where he also performed Live Paper Musiv in the CODA Museum in Apeldoorn. During the performance Vitali actually creates a kind of vest after tearing up newspaper, transforming it into thread and subsequenstly showing how he sews, knits and crochets with it.
A turning point in Vitalis artistic career was in 2002, when he decided to wear clothes made out of newspaper for his performances. Learning the necessary textile techniques from his mother, he started to transform pages into threads of every size. Headlines of newspapers stay visible thanks to his glue-less technique and therefore the pieces also document a moment in history.
Huge “string-balls” made out of different newspapers vary in colour and are ready to be knit with – the needles having the appropriate size, of course.
Boa (2005), made of yellow pages (“Pagine Gialle”)
Dress made out of the newspaper “La Gazzetta dllo Sport” (jacket: Rosasport (2004), Miniskirt (2004) and “bomb-on” (2006)
A lot of Vitalis work is also centered around the creation of elegant garments out of very fine paper yarn made of different, mainly Italian newspapers, unprinted newspaper paper or the yellow pages.
And there is more abstract work as well as performance videos on Ivano Vitali’s homepage – definitely a must-see for paper (yarn) lovers!
I'm quite in love with my newest paper yarn. It's very fine and delicate, off-white, warm to the touch, a bit glossy (it reminds me of linen in this respect) and perfectly suited for all kinds of bigger and smaller jewelry projects as well as packaging, decorations and some textile techniques I wanted to try out.
Mother's Day is coming up as well and I'm quite sure my mom would love to get one of the vintage bobbins with the new, fine paper yarn
. Well, my artistic talent is not coming out of nowhere and my parents’ house is a treasure trove for all kinds of materials new and old even though my father threatens to throw it all out whenever he doesn’t find what he is looking for…
Now only the paper yarn I forgot in Italy (interestingly it’s quite easy to simply forget a big box with about 12kg of yarns… ) needs to arrive in Vienna I’ll be a happyhappy person.
… are used to weave the seat of the Wishbone chair designed by Hans J. Wegner in 1960.
I need to admit that I just got myself a turquoise notebook (one of the Bouquet notebooks by Fabriano) – and it was just so cheery on my worktable that I had to make this ring as well. So instead of cocooning like last week a new method to fight back winter’s grayness: spring colors!
… some pink, please.
Well, usually the colours I use are pretty simple: white and white. And some off-white, because off-white paper yarn is a bit stiffer because it’s by a different manufacturer. But sometimes – and really just sometimes! – I have to introduce some small patches of colour into my white-white world. And today (I’m just a girl after all) it was p i n k !