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Preston student replicates famous paintings with wool

22 June 2015

John Edwards

Ellen Scott creates unique Craftivism inspired crotchet  

A knitting enthusiast from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has replicated the works of famous artists as part of her final year degree project.

Ellen Scott created two crotchet pieces which replicate Renaissance artist Titian’s Venus of Urbino and French painter, Edouard Manet’s Olympia. Displayed on two 8x5 foot frames, the BA (Hons) Fine Art student spent six months knitting both pieces.

 

“I was crocheting for six or seven hours a day and sometime stayed up until 3.00am, so I’m pleased with the final outcome."

Inspired by Craftivism, which uses crafts for political means, the 21-year-old chose a piece with feminist aspects. Crochet is traditionally a female past time and Ellen wanted to replicate paintings which depict women in a contrasting manner; Venus of Urbino, showing a goddess of live and symbol of fidelity, while Olympia portrays the independent and overtly sexual nature of a prostitute.

Commenting on her unique piece, Ellen said: “I was crocheting for six or seven hours a day and sometime stayed up until 3.00am, so I’m pleased with the final outcome. I like the scale because I think it’s quite impressive and because they are so big you view them as traditional paintings.”

The former Penwortham Girls Grammar School and Runshaw College student can thank her grandmother for giving her the opportunity to create such impressive work, after she taught her to knit several years ago.

 

“After I had started knitting I went online and found out that crotchet was a much quicker process so I tried it out and started experimenting with it on my course."

She commented: “After I had started knitting I went online and found out that crotchet was a much quicker process so I tried it out and started experimenting with it on my course.

“I was initially working with more traditional art forms like painting but I prefer to crochet because it is an easier process for creating work. You can plan your work and then make it, without having to change things as you go along.”

Ellen has such a passion for knitting that she plans to turn it into a viable business after she has graduated.

She added: “I love crocheting so I’d like to turn it into a business. I plan to make gifts instead of art because it’s a more sellable product. I’ve already started making dolls and blankets.”