Meet Rusty Scruby, My New Favorite Fiber Artist

Meet Rusty Scruby, My New Favorite Fiber Artist

I recently discovered Rusty Scruby‘s fantastic knitted art and I’m so excited to share it with you. I imagine that if Brian Eno were a knitter, this is the kind of art he would make.

Rusty Scruby's Red Fan Dance

Red Fan Dance, 2020 (Dallas Art Fair)

A Way To Infinity, 2018

A Way To Infinity, 2018 (Cris Worley)

Rusty studied engineering and music composition before deciding to become an artist so his artwork is very constructed and analytical. For years he created photo-based constructions using 1000s of identical prints that he would cut and interlock together with his own tabbing system. It forms kind of a paper fabric:

With the pandemic and staying at home, the knitting has taken over all of his other art production. As an artist he told me that he likes to think about and be able to explain why he’s doing things, but that this work might simply come down to finding comfort and a way to deal with all the craziness. Who else can relate with that. Myself for sure. Rusty says that the knit pieces allow him to combine structure and comfort into one in an attempt to remain sane.

Meet him in the studio, courtesy of PAAP Pan American Art Projects:

And check out his own YouTube series, Rusty Knits:

I’ll leave you with this work-in-progress shot, followed by the finished piece:

Meet Rusty Scruby, My New Favorite Fiber Artist

Meet Rusty Scruby, My New Favorite Fiber Artist

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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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