Channing Hansen Knits Stunning Self-Portraits Based on His Own DNA

Channing Hansen Knits Stunning Self-Portraits Based on His Own DNA

I caught “Channing Hansen: Self Portraits” exhibit in New York last week and it’s fantastic – totally worth the visit if you’re close to the city, but hurry – it’s at CRG Gallery and closes on February 25th.

Here are some photos I took of many of the pieces:

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“Hansen uses fiber mostly derived from ‘conservation breeds’ of sheep, as well as synthetic materials. He cleans, dyes, spins and sometimes shears the wool that he knits into organic, often unwieldy, forms stretched over virtually bare wooden stretchers. Despite the seemingly erratic movements in dimension and color, the knits are structured, or circumscribed by a systematic model: Hansen’s own DNA.”

More photos and more details at CRG Gallery’s web site

About The Author


Danielle Holke is a long-time knitter, first taught by her beloved grandmother as a young girl growing up in Canada. In 2008 she launched KnitHacker, a lively blog and knitting community which has since grown to be a popular presence in contemporary knitting culture, reaching more than a million readers each year. As a marketing professional, Danielle advises and works with a motley squad of artists, yarn bombers, film makers, pattern designers, yarn companies and more. Learn more about her latest book, Knits & Pieces: A Knitting Miscellany.

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    Thanks so much for posting about this exhibit! The work is so beautiful and inspiring.


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