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Realistic flowers knitted by Tatyana Yanishevsky

Tiger Lily, 2011. Realistic flowers knitted by self-taught artist Tatyana Yanishevsky

Tiger Lily, 2011. Realistic flowers knitted by self-taught artist Tatyana Yanishevsky

Realistic flowers knitted by Tatyana Yanishevsky is a result of the deep knowledge of the subject, who taught herself how to knit, dissected flowers and studied their anatomy in textbooks and greenhouses. Tatyana Yanishevsky says “It was a knitting challenge to create those forms, to have them be three-dimensional and puffed out where they needed to be”. Talented self-taught American artist Tatyana Yanishevsky was born in the Soviet Union. Biologist by education (Brown University), Tatyana Yanishevsky reproduces anatomically correct botanical forms created out of yarn, in her studio in Providence, RI. Her featured artwork “The Knit Garden” includes hand-knitted flowers and plants, created in a variety of fibers, colors, and stitches. The reality of knitted plants is seen in various organs of the plant, and the knitting process, stitch by stitch, conceptually mimics plant growth. Her sculptures vary in scale and range in form and style from realistic to abstraction.

Tiger Lily, 2011. Realistic flowers knitted by self-taught artist Tatyana Yanishevsky

Tiger Lily, 2011. Realistic flowers knitted by self-taught artist Tatyana Yanishevsky

The hanging “Tiger Lily” is 5 feet in diameter with six mottled yellow petals that curl all the way back in full bloom and have a cable-knit stitch down their length. “When I’m doing anatomical pieces, I look to the plant for reference, and lilies have parallel lines on their petals,” Tatyana Yanishevsky explains. She used cables to create the channels and wove in varying shades of yellow. The big bobbles that represent the lily’s characteristic black spots are a favorite of hers.

Anatomically Correct Hibiscus. Realistic flowers knitted by Tatyana Yanishevsky

Anatomically Correct Hibiscus. Realistic flowers knitted by Tatyana Yanishevsky

Anatomically Correct Passionflower

Anatomically Correct Passionflower

Tatyana Yanishevsky is a very creative person. Much of her time is spent knitting, bending and welding metal, embroidering, building pulley systems, wiring simple circuits, installing stoves, singing, testing software, counting fish, dancing, and napping.

Bloodshot Aphid

Bloodshot Aphid

Evening Primrose in the Rain

Evening Primrose in the Rain

Realistic flowers knitted by Tatyana Yanishevsky

Realistic flowers knitted by Tatyana Yanishevsky

Rotting Berry

Rotting Berry

Secret Forest

Secret Forest

Realistic flowers knitted by Tatyana Yanishevsky

Realistic flowers knitted by Tatyana Yanishevsky

Water Lily

Water Lily

Artist Tatiana Yanishevsky poses for a portrait amid the exhibition at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Andrew Spear for The Wall Street Journal

Artist Tatiana Yanishevsky poses for a portrait amid the exhibition at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Andrew Spear for The Wall Street Journal

Daucus Carota – Wild Carrot

Daucus Carota – Wild Carrot

Some of the artwork on display in the ‘Knit, Purl, Sow’ exhibition

Some of the artwork on display in the ‘Knit, Purl, Sow’ exhibition

Tatyana Yanishevsky

Tatyana Yanishevsky

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