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The pattern for "Esprit de Corpse" sweater

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Esopus 14 (Spring 2010)
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Artist’s Project: Jared Flood

By Jared Flood

Funding for this project provided by the Coby Foundation

“‘Esprit de Corpse’ documents a design experiment shared by six knitwear designers in six locations. The design process for the garment was modeled after the process Surrealists called The Exquisite Corpse, in which multiple artists create a single image (typically the human figure) in sequence with one another. Each artist is permitted only a glimpse at the contribution of the previous artist without knowing its connection to the whole. For this project, each designer created a single piece of one garment after having been shown only the piece that had been worked by the previous designer. Each new piece was generated in response to (and often directly off of) the work that had been passed on to them. When all parts had been fabricated, they were sewn together to create a finished whole.”—Jared Flood

COLLABORATORS:

Connie Chang Chinchio received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in condensed-matter physics. An avid and accomplished knitter, she is currently working in the field of environmental health science. In addition to her patterns for One Planet, her designs have been published in Interweave Knits, Knitscene, and Knitter’s Magazine. She is the author of the blog PhysicsKnits.

Jared Flood is a New York–based knitwear designer and photographer. A Pacific Northwest native, Flood holds an M.F.A. from the New York Academy of Art and travels the country teaching traditional hand-knitting technique and garment construction. His pattern designs and writings have been featured in Interweave Knits, Vogue Knitting, Knit.1, and Spin Off (Interweave Press) as well as other print and online sources. Flood’s photography has been featured in Good Housekeeping, New York magazine, Vogue Knitting, The Knitter, and a number of books and online publications. He is the author of Made in Brooklyn, a collection of original hand-knitting designs utilizing natural fibers, distributed by Classic Elite Yarns.