Edgy 1970′s Haak Artiesten: Ruth Nivola

door Kathryn op Mei 23, 2012 · 1 commentaar

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1970s crochet 300x229 Edgy 1970s Crochet Artists: Ruth NivolaRuth Nivola is a European artist who was born in Germany but was trained in the art and craft in a variety of settings. She learned needlecrafts as a child in schools in Switzerland, Germany and Italy. She spent a winter studying body adornment at the Etruscan Museum in Rome. She got an education at an Art Academy in Italy. She set aside those studies for a little while when her family was young but then she eventually got into jewelry-making.

In werkelijkheid, it was something she started doing while sitting beside her father’s deathbed. (bron) In the 1970s she was doing interesting work crocheting metal-toned threads into wearable art pieces. She sews and weaves in addition to crocheting and uses all of those techniques to take the place of metalwork in many pieces. You can see that all of her varied arts education came together as she began to do this work. Nivola’s work with sculptural, artistic jewelry continued beyond the crochet fad of the 1970s.

Ruth Nivola in Hard Crochet

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The first time I came across Ruth Nivola’s work was when I was flipping through Mark Dittrick’s Hard Haak. Dittrick toonde hoe Nivola gebruikt een unieke techniek om stijf te maken “hard” crochet pieces for use in her jewelry. It’s hard to tell anything from the photo but the way that Dittrick describes it, Nivola would use metallic yarn and she would crochet it into thin, tight tubes. Then she would beat those tubes (presumably with something like a hammer) to flatten them and create the components that are then strung together to make a necklace like the one shown above. (Nivola perfected different ways of beating the yarn to make it work like metal, so in some references to her work you’ll see it described as something like “gehaakte, whipped and hammered metallic yarns”).

Ruth Nivola in Crocheter’s Art

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The next time I came across Ruth Nivola it was through her profile in The Crocheter’s Art by Van Feldman. I especially like the piece shown above, which is made of gold lame yarn and inset with Oriental silk, probably because it’s a little bit more delicate and flowy than what we see in Hard Crochet. Het is een geweldig voorbeeld van hoe ze begonnen met stoffen in de plaats juwelen net alsof ze met behulp van draad in plaats van het werkelijke zilver of goud. Ik zou alleen willen dat dit beeld waren in kleur in het boek! Ik vond een kleurenfoto (onder) wat lijkt hetzelfde ketting online op de Museum voor Kunst en Vormgeving maar ze zeggen dat dit een 1984 stuk genaamd Vier Sun's Festival en The Quilter's Art werd tien jaar gepubliceerd voorafgaand aan dat dus misschien is het een andere versie van hetzelfde ontwerp?

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In elk geval, Ruth doet blijven hebben gestructureerde stukken in art The Quilter's, als deze armband die ook wordt gemaakt met goud lame garen maar is versierd met antieke metalen schoen knoppen:

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Een van de dingen die Feldman aandelen over Ruth Nivola is dat ze echt genoten van de manier waarop elke steek had het potentieel om dergelijke sleur zijn, maar met zorg en aandacht elke steek ook nieuw en interessant zou kunnen zijn. Nivola echt gewaardeerd nemen van een ambacht dat je bedreven in bent en het maken van “iets uit niets”.

Nivola Werktuigen Vele handwerktechnieken

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Een van de dingen die ik heb geleerd over Nivola als ik haar werk heb onderzocht is dat ze echt ervaren in een breed scala van verschillende Needleart en ambachtelijke technieken. Ze is bekend om borduurwerk te gebruiken, geldt, Vlechten, knopen en vele andere technieken in haar sieraden. Ze bleef mengen dat met gehaakte, hoewel. Bij voorbeeld, neem een ​​kijkje op deze 1981 stuk (boven) getiteld Reflectie van een tempel, which is primarily crocheted and then adorned with Indian silks. I love the more geometric design of this piece.

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Timeless Pendulum, 1976-78, via The Drawing Room. This is a crocheted piece even though the unique way that Nivola works the yarn makes it hard to tell sometimes!

In 2006 there was an exhibit of her work at The Drawing Room. A press release for that exhibit describes her work beautifully:

With gold and silver colored metallic yarns, she crochets the structure of each unique collar piece. Intriguing and unexpected compositions radiate from the crocheted collars like webs built by spiders. Thin yarns covered by sewn iridescent threads give way to tassels, and tiny bundles of tangerine, turquoise or fuchsia silk punctuate a strand with the pure color of gemstones to give focus and weight to her designs. Crocheted gold shell forms, pods of embroidered silk or bits of brocade dance and dangle from these marvelous feminine adornments.

Nivola in New York

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Solarium in the Nivola sculpture garden by Constantino Nivola (bron); presumably that’s the Nivola’s children in there

Although Nivola is from Europe, her family moved to America to escape the Holocaust. They went to New York and by 1947 they had a home in East Hampton. I mention this because it was a very creative home that was actually fairly well known for its sculpture garden made by her artist husband Constantino Nivola. Nivola’s family sounds like a wonderfully creative family. Ruth actually authored a children’s book, genoemd The Messy Rabbit Edgy 1970s Crochet Artists: Ruth Nivola, that was illustrated by her daughter Claire who has also illustrated many other books.

The sculpture garden sounds like an amazing place to raise a creative family! Een 2001 article about the garden explains that Ruth wasn’t really happy living there anymore after Constantino passed away and at the time it was unclear what would happen to the garden. Ruth herself passed away in 2008. De 27 acre East Hampton property was sold to the town the following year with the intention of preserving it.

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