Femming Up The Biker

Theresa Honeywell is into extreme knitting:

Honeywell

From a recent interview with the artist:

'I decided on making cozies for empowering objects which happened to be very hard, masculine, recognizable objects. The covers kind of softened them up and changed their determined roles.'

While beginning this line, she saw a knit toilet-paper cozy at a flea market.

'It kind of made me a little sad to see someone's handmade craft discarded and being sold for pennies, but it mostly saddened me because it was such a bizarre and useless object,' Honeywell said. 'I pictured a sad housewife with nothing better to do then knit up a cozy for a roll of toilet paper.

'I knew then that I wanted to use that same lonely technique, and meaningless process, to cover up an object that I wouldn't ever need or have the opportunity to use again in my new role as a housewife. And it also was a way to embrace the object. By knitting for it, I basically took on a maternal role and wanted to embrace these empowering objects. I was really longing for change in my life.'

Honeywell uses cheaper acrylic, what she calls 'granny-style' yarn, for the bigger works, because she wanted to stay true to the style of the discard afghans and cozies in flea markets and thrift stores.

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