French Knitting is a pastime many of us grew up with, a stepping stone perhaps to ‘proper’ knitting. Wellington based artist, Mia Hamilton takes this often overlooked craft and turns it into a vibrant, large scale sculpture which will grow and expand over the week of the festival.
Constructed from silage wrap—the green plastic wrap that covers hay bales—Mia’s work looks at overlooked activities from the past and materials that would otherwise contribute to waste. Through French Knitting, she coaxes both into another life. The work intends to provoke a smile of recognition, an ‘I used to do that’ response, whilst reminding viewers of the fragility of our world.
Mia Hamilton is a Wellington based artist who has a Diploma of Creativity from The Learning Connexion. She has exhibited her work throughout NZ. Her influences include ceramists Len Castle and Raewyn Aitkinson. Mia is a Portage Ceramic Award finalist and was Potter in Residence at the Wellington Potters’ Association in 2011.