Knitters Be Crazy Too: The Sock Monkey Dress… and Chair… and…?!
The Sock Monkey Dress has created quite a bit of media buzz. It looks to be quite a yarnbuster! But there’s more… much more!
The following Sock Monkey pieces are the work of Rebecca Yaker, who possesses a diverse range of knowledge and skills:
Rebecca is an accomplished hand- and machine-knitter. Some of you may know her from her large scale sock monkey pieces, such as the sock monkey prom dress. Prior to delving into her love of all things fiber, Rebecca graduated from the University of Michigan and Moscow State Linguistics University, with a concentration in Russian Languages and Literature. (source)
The Sock Monkey Prom Dress
Rebecca Yaker’s sock monkey dress was originally created for the Walker Un-Prom, a fashion show at the Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center in conjunction with the WTAC (Walker Teen Arts Council). The entire dress was knit on a knitting machine and there are 30 faces encircling the entire skirt, each with it’s own personal name tag. The gown is fully lined in red satin. The dress gained notoriety at the Minnesota State Fair early this fall (2006), and has since been featured on various news affiliates nationwide including the MSNBC Countdown show with Keith Olbermann. It will be featured in the January issue of Craftzine. (source)
The Sock Monkey Gown – with Passengers!
Handwoven on a 4 harness floor loom of cotton and wool. The actual weave is intended to simulate the look of the traditional sock monkey brown tweed. The inspiration for the dress comes from the conjoined monkeys worn on the back. (source)
The Sock Monkey Chair (Tail and All)
I made this chair to blow the minds of the judges at the Minnesota State Fair. Mission accomplished – minds were blown. So much so that I was banned from participating in the Creative Activities Competition. The chair itself is a vintage piece which I purchased on the famed 100 mile garage sale, completely gutted and re-constructed, inside and out. I knit all the fabric for the chair. Let the monkey envelope you in his comfy, springy, bounciness, complete with a 36” tail. (source)
Sock Monkey… Sausage?
Rebecca Yaker of Minneapolis also cleverly straddles that fine line between kitsch and culture with her award-winning “Sock Monkeys in a Meat Grinder,” which poses a conjoined-twins sock monkey (one body, two heads) with one limb in an Oster grinder that’s spewing out tweedy brown monkey yarn. Aesthetes will think immediately of Mike Kelley’s abject sock dolls in the Walker’s collection; knitters may think otherwise. –Mary Abbe of the Minnesota Star Tribune
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