Do Porcupines Knit? In Baltimore-Based Artist Lois Hennessey’s World, Yes, They Sure Do!

Do Porcupines Knit? In Baltimore-Based Artist Lois Hennessey’s World, Yes, They Sure Do!

Created in 2002, “Self-Sufficient is an indicative and much-loved example of Hennessey’s work. In the sculpture, a seated porcupine, nicknamed Willow by the artist, knits themselves into an article of clothing. Knitted material already covers one of its legs and its bottom, and Hennessey depicts the porcupine perpetually working on the next leg of the outfit.” – Everson Museum of Art

Have You Ever Seen a Porcupine Knitting? Self-Sufficient By Lois Hennessey

Learn more about Lois Hennessey via Everson Museum of Art – you can see the piece there in Syracuse, NY too!

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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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