Sticking to your Knitting pays off! - 2nd Oct 2010

Sticking to your Knitting pays off! Di Tocker is thrilled to have been awarded the Swarbrick Dixon Award for excellence in Glass Sculpture with her work Stick to your knitting.  Created from 12000 beads and glass rods, the work is just one of the fabulous glass works in RE:FRACTION: an outdoor glass exhibition at Waitakaruru Sculpture Park until the 14th of November.

Di's Artist Statement:
Refraction: outdoor glass sculpture exhibition, gives me the perfect opportunity not to stick to my knitting!
As a glass artist my passion and focus is usually on glass casting which I am thoroughly passionate about, despite being presented with many technical challenges every week in the studio.

So I take this opportunity at the outdoor glass show to have some fun and present ideas that subsist within my dreams. This work has evolved from my interest in basic life skills such as gardening, cooking and homemaking. Though I am a capable gardener and cook, knitting is not my forte and I needed help.

Hence the collaboration on this project with Melanie, my Mum. She was not fazed when I asked her if she were able to work out “a nice knitting stitch that would look good on giant glass needles, hanging from a tree! “ And she even offered to thread the 12,000 beads to make the glass yarn. Thank you, Mum.

Di would like to take this opportunity to thank a few special people;
Dorothy and John Wakeling - the park is looking even more amazing every year!  Thank you John for your assistance up the tree.
Elizabeth McClure - it is such an honour to be judged a winner by her.
Sarah Anderson - for being a very supportive curator.
Swarbrick Dixon Barristors and Solicitors - thank you for the prize money.
Colleen Ryan-Priest - for being the best glass buddy ever!
And my husband Mike - for giving me the space and support to create glass.

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