I met Giovanni Macchia about a year ago and we soon became fast friends. Although I’m in Orlando and he’s in the Netherlands, we were able to build quite a friendship thanks to Skype. Probably every two weeks or so, we catch up, touch base and have a wonderful time talking about our future hopes and dreams. And that’s always the best ways to build a friendship isn’t it? About what CAN be, as opposed to what is. That the life you wish for yourself can be inspired by others. I’m proud to say I inspired Giovanni to pursue knitting. And when a man picks up knitting, I obviously take notice. I want to inspire fellas to knit! And when they do, I pursue every avenue possible to let the rest of you know how many fellas are actually knitting and purling.
Macchia has been pursuing a different path in knitting that I could have never approached. He knits vase covers, I knit teddy bears. But we both have the same philosophy about our simple work. When your eyes scan a room, you see the striking impression of a knit covered vase….or a pouty faced teddy bear in the corner, silently holding court. We don’t boastfully own the room with our work, we just bring attention to a corner of it 🙂
So take a look at Macchia’s work. Subtle, quiet, but impressively iridescent in darker corners of a room. His vases are ready to be filled with whatever it is you wish your eyes wish to take notice of: Flowers, paint brushes, votive candles, stalks of wheat, or a bed of stones…..but, always brought attention to by the simple little cover of that vase. Simple, I’ve said….but clever and eye quietly catching in a room of noisy boast.
So explore the art of the knit vase imported from the Netherlands and hand crafted by a remarkable Italian artist.
…yeah, that’s right….can you imagine what these will look like in tulip season?