“Virgin Knitters”: A First Scarves Exhibit

by Larissa Dzegar

Kimberly Ellen Hall has been teaching people to knit in exchange for their first projects since 2007. Now, her collection of scarves made by people who have never knit before have earned an exhibit all of their own at the Textile Arts Center from November 5- December 16. Her inspiration for this project is truly lovely; “I learned to knit while I was struggling with a project about luck. I made all sorts of printed pieces with images of items considered lucky: pickles, frogs, black-eyed peas, the number 7, eggs, and so on. But none of the finished pieces felt truly lucky to me. I realized that the luckiest thing I was making at the time was my first scarf, since it was such a labor of love to learn how to knit, and I could only ever make one first scarf,” she says. Since then, she has been giving others the pleasure of learning to knit, and herself the gift of experiencing so many people’s first knitting projects.

Kimberly is an artist and designer with an interest in the intangible qualities of textiles. She holds an MA in textiles from Central Saint Martins in London, and has designed on both sides of the Atlantic, from Hussein Chalayan to Coach. She is currently a guest critic at FIT.


Kimberly Ellen Hall
at the Textile Arts Center November 5-December 16 2010
Opening Reception Friday November 5,  8-11PM
Artist’s talk Friday December 3, 7:30PM
Guest Lecture by Sabrina Gschwandtner November 11, 7:30PM
Textile Arts Center
505 Carroll St Park Slope Brooklyn
PHOTOS COURTESY OF: Kimberly Ellen Hall

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