Saturday, September 6, 2014

Art that Inspired Art that Inspired Art

Art that Inspired Art that Inspired Art
When Claude Monet finished the original oil painting, Study of Olive Trees, in 1884, Do you think he saw this coming?  

The inspiration traveled through time when Canadian Yarn Artist, +Roxanne Yeun, the talent behind+Zen Yarn Garden,  recently brought the colors from Monet's original work into her own hand painted yarn  (Available here:  Yes,  it's really is all painted by hand.  She used a base of fine Merino wool and cashmere, with a touch of nylon for stability, and added her own choice of color to match that of the original oil painting.  The added nylon is a really nice touch if the yarn is to be used for a harder worn fabric, like socks.  

Next, Roxanne teamed up with Canadian designer, +Laura Chau, to use her Milkweed Shawl pattern (Available here: to create the gorgeous look you see pictured below.  (_I love the #collaboration between the two!_)  

Now, knitters around the world are seeing the result of their collaboration as it's featured by +Yarn Mountain (, and feel the yearning to make one of their own. It's either the colors or the look of the finished scarf, usually a combination of the two, that pulls us in. We instantly know if this is something that will suit us personally, or someone close to us. For a limited time, everyone can order this combination of colors and design to make one as shown, using the colors inspired by the original painting. Thus, we introduce a third level of inspired art, the handcrafter. Approximately 400 yards and 2000 stitches will go into this scarf, each yard painted and each stitch knit by hand to create one scarf, for one very lucky recipient. The story of the art and inspiration that has traveled through time that originated in the imagination of Claude Monet so long ago, and has traveled though paint brushes, dye pots, design software, and #knitting needles may actually be lost on the recipient. While that seems like a shame in the short term, the art will continue to inspire, and these colors will continue to resonate with those that pause long enough to take them in. Hopefully, this finished project will be treasured by it's recipient, the story told along the way. Maybe, just maybe, both will be passed on to future generation as a favored heirloom.

I'll be adding this one to my own project line-up ( and I _might_ already know who that lucky recipient will be! 

Yarn Photo Credit: Zen Yarn Garden
Shawl photos are copyright Gale Zucker Photography