Edgy 1970′s Crochet Art: Janet Lipkin Decker

da Kathryn su Giugno 6, 2012 · 4 commenti

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1972, Bird Coat

I first came across the work of Janet Lipkin Decker in my favorite vintage freeform crochet book: Crochet creativa. In other books that I’ve seen her work, her name is sometimes shown as Janet Decker and sometimes as Janet Lipkin but when I looked her up online I see Janet Lipkin so that is what we’ll go with from here on out.

About Janet Lipkin

Like several of the other artists in the 1970s crochet art-to-wear movement, Lipkin was a graduate of the Pratt Institute art school and amongst those there who set the stage for fiber and artwear to be taken seriously be the art world. She has had her art work in a number of museums including the DeYoung and Oakland Art Museums here in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Metropolitan Museum and the Museum of Art and Design both in New York. In 2009 she got an honorable mention award from the Surface Design Association. Lipkin is currently a California art teacher and continues to make artwork as well as doing monoliths and paintings.

Janet Lipkin Decker in Creative Crochet

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Bird Coat, with sleeve detail

Janet Lipkin’s work is featured in the book Creative Crochet specifically to show off the amazing things that can be done with three-dimenstional, highly textural, sculptural crochet stitches. Her Bird Coat, which is also seen later in the book Art to Wear, is featured first here with detailed color photos of the work. Il libro spiega che lei ha fatto questo pezzo con lana da Ecuador, che era filato a mano e che lei tinto il filato stessa con colorante vegetale. Il pezzo è un pezzo multistrato; per esempio, ci sono le maniche che vedi e poi una serie completa di manicotti di sotto che si può vedere se si solleva il primo manicotto up. Questo è veramente arte da indossare!

Janet Decker in Discovery e Design

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Il mio pezzo preferito molto di Janet Lipkin della partita è l'unico pezzo che aveva presentato nel Discovery libro e Design by Del Feldman. Ha l'estetica-diaframma scoprendo che era popolare nel 1970 ma fatto in tale unico e divertente con l'involucro freddo intorno al disegno.

Janet Decker in Art di crocheter

There is a section of artist profiles in the Del Feldman’s book The Crocheter’s Art and she has chosen to profile Janet Lipkin there, as well as featuring photos of her work throughout the book. The bio shares that in addition to attending the Pratt Institute, Lipkin had also taking classes at the Penland School of Crafts and was knowledgable in a range of crafts including dyeing, macramé, tessitura, maglieria e filatura. However she preferred crochet to the others because itthe crochet stitch serves as the most expressive means” e “is virtually limitless and is easily integrated with other media”.

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The work from Lipkin that we see in this book is not wearable art, like in the other books, but instead is sculptural animalistic pieces. She says in her bio that she really wants her sculptures embody the spirit of the creature she’s trying to create. This book isn’t a crochet pattern book per se but it does include a sculptural crochet pattern from Lipkin.

Janet Lipkin in Art to Wear

I love the description of Lipkin’s work in Art to Wear when author Julie Schafler Dale says, “her work bespeaks a child’s strength of vision: uncensored, unconditioned, unspoiled, ripe with possibility, sensuality, and ritual”. This book says that Lipkin was the first of the Pratt artists to explore wearable art and considers her a forerunner of the artwear movement.

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1973 Strawberry Jacket; Lipkin wanted to crochet an object (a strawberry) into a wearable garment

Although she had previously done more sculptural work, this book explains that by the early 1970s she was devoting herself entirely to wearable art. The early pieces were designed to be truly artistic creations hung on the body as if it were a painting on a wall. Al tempo. Lipkin was unconcerned with fit and drape but she would go on to care more about those things and to evolve a simpler style in keeping with the times as the seventies went on.

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1970 African Mask

In the early 1980s Lipkin was doing a lot of work that wasn’t crocheted anymore, work that was loom-knitted, per esempio. This also seems to be in keeping with the trend that most crocheters from the artwear movement were moving towards at this time. What Lipkin liked about knitting, which she didn’t learn until 1978, was that it offered more ability to do graphic work. Art to Wear has some examples of this work and there’s also an example in the book Knitting Art: 150 Opere innovative 18 Artisti Contemporanei Edgy 1970s Crochet Art: Janet Lipkin Deckerby Karen Searle. Other books that Lipkin has been written about it include: Artwear Fashion and Anti-Fashion e Craft in America: Celebrating Two Centuries of Artists and Objects Edgy 1970s Crochet Art: Janet Lipkin Decker.

Fun Find: La 1974 archived newspaper article about Art to Wear author Dale’s gallery that mentions Lipkin.

Janet Lipkin in the 1990s

Janet Lipkin continued to explore different aspects of art, branching out from sculpture and fiber work. In 1992 started doing printmaking and monotypes. She was also raising a family; she has four kids.

Fun Find: 1979 articolo di giornale about sweaters as art for knitters that mentions Lipkin

Janet Lipkin Today

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Jester, 2006

An article written last year over at Patch reveals that Janet Lipkin has spent nearly the past two decades teaching art at Tehiyah Day School; she has sometimes taught crochet to kids there. She also helped found a summer camp to empower young girls in the arts. You can visit Janet Lipkin sul suo sito, where you can see her most recent artwear as well as her other recent artwork. I think her recent artwork shows a lovely maturity where she’s got the bold colors and big ideas of her early work, a bit of the graphic inspiration from her later work and a nice sense of draping and fit.

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Bloom, 2005

Fun Find: History of Wearable Art that mentions Lipkin

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Questo post è parte di una serie su 1970designer s crochet. Visitate gli altri posti della serie per vedere i progettisti all'uncinetto come Jean Williams Cacicedo, Ruth Nivola e Sharron Hedges. Fun Fact: Janet Lipkin era in uno volte coinquilini con Jean Williams Cacicedo.

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