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Loom Knitted and Hand Crocheted
Linda Mendelson is the sine qua non of American loom-knitters.
Having worked in the medium since the early 1970s, she has achieved not only the adulation of an ever-growing cadre of international collectors and the respect of her peers but also the highest accolades from the art community. Major painters and sculptors consistently admire and purchase her work. ln the late 1970s, I Made My Song A Coat (1976), a reversible kimono spanning the full color spectrum, was acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume lnstitute.
Mendelson’s coats and cardigans integrate a complex system of color, shape and texture. They often incorporate images or typeface and even themes from popular culture, such as song titles, poetic verse and literary passages or sports events. Mendelson's most recognizable garments are pieces based upon geometric progressions of colored squares. Her love of New York is represented by several homages. The ever popular "taxi" series of sweaters, Scarves and hits can be espied on proud owners all over the city, as soon as the first chill of Autumn is felt in the air.
Over the past three decades Mendelson's output has become increasingly complex, due to both a heightened artistic sensibility as well as technological progress in the loom-knitting field.Her connection to modern art movements such as Constructivism and Color Field Painting becomes more apparent with the passage of time.
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