Fingerprint Portrait commission

contemplating_sm‘contemplating’ by Marti Hand. I did this sculpture in early 2008 working from a live model.

A few posts ago, I knitted finger puppets of the presidental candidates, Obama and McCain.  During the creative process of knitting the finger puppets, the idea of painting fingerprint portraits of Obama and McCain evolved.  Scroll down a few posts and see the puppets and fingerprint portraits. 

From that ‘aha’ moment, a few people have commissioned fingerprint portraits as gifts.  The portraits are unique in that they are a visual and written story of that person’s life, whether she/he is 100 years old, 12 years old, 44 years old or newborn. 

Check back soon for a look at a commissioned fingerprint portrait – I’m sure it will be verrrrrry interesting!  Maybe, just maybe, I’ll take pictures of the portrait in progress…

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getting started…finally!

 I just got back into some serious knitting close to 2 months ago after many years of not touching anything knitting related.  And the reason for re-discovering knitting?  Two months ago (August), I put on a major solo exhibit at Georgia Perimeter College in Atlanta, which was both exciting, fun and totally exhausting.  The months leading up to the exhibit were spent on creating new work for the solo show.  I spent many, many, MANY hours painting late into the night or waking up in the wee hours (say 2:30 & 3:30am) to paint.  I looked many times at my fingers to see if there was any blood dripping from my fingertips – nope.  That’s why I was completely exhausted in mid-August. 

So, where does the knitting come in?  Since August, I haven’t touched paints, brushes, canvases, BUT I have been knitting.  Knitting has replaced painting, at least for the time being, until I resume painting again.  There’s some similarities with knitting and painting – I still get to work with color (yarn – paints), tools (needles – brushes), output (knitted object – painting on canvas), techniques (stitch patterns – painting techniques).  What I like about knitting is the existence of patterns, it’s functionality and practicality. I don’t design any knitwear patterns, I just pick a pattern I like, the color yarn and away I click.  Painting, for me, is a much longer creative process – reading, looking at images, thinking, and allowing ‘things’ to percolate in my brain – this can take from a few weeks to few  years, and that’s without even painting anything!

My first knitting project were these adorable kittens. The design for the knitted kittens is not mine, the kittens are.  The pattern can be found at this potty mouth’s link.