Jude Skeers

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Jude Skeers is a self-taught textile artist working exclusively with hand knitting. He has been knitting since his youth and has had several major exhibitions of his knitted webs, trees and other sculptures. Skeers has specialised in circular knitting. He developed a range of wearable pieces using specially-designed circular needles known as the ‘Broome Beanie Needle’. In more recent times he has designed a number of garments, utilising Mobius knitting, for which he has written the patterns. Skeer’s hand-knitted, one-off garments are an organic extension of his artistic knitting.

Two of the large webs installed on the façade of Woodford Academy. Photo: Yaja Hadrys
Two of the large webs installed on the façade of Woodford Academy. Photo: Yaja Hadrys
Jude's webs installed on the façade of Woodford Academy. Photo: Yaja Hadrys
Jude’s webs installed on the façade of Woodford Academy. Photo: Yaja Hadrys

Skeers began knitting large sculptural pieces in the early 80s and by the early 90s had perfected a new technique that allowed him to create large ‘webs’ that could be free standing or attached to trees and other architectural objects. The webs have been integral to his practice ever since. At Barometer Gallery, Paddington in 2013, Skeers constructed, deconstructed and reconstructed webs around the gallery space for the duration of the exhibition, also teaching others to make them, thus turning the web into a living, growing thing. For him, giving away the design celebrates the creative expansion that the web embodies. His webs have been installed in parks and gardens throughout Australia, including Townsville, Mittagong, Launceston and Bunbury. The largest, five metres in diameter, was installed along the Ross River, Townsville, in 2001.

Left: Jude speaking at the official opening of WRAPT. Right: Jude installing his webs on the façade of Woodford Academy. Photos: Yaja Hadrys
Left: Jude speaking at the official opening of WRAPT. Right: Jude installing his webs on the façade of Woodford Academy. Photos: Yaja Hadrys

ARTIST STATEMENT

Massive cobwebs suspended, draped, stretched, entwined over the facade of Woodford House facing the Great Western Highway.

Jude's silver webs in the garden. Photos: Yaja Hadrys
Jude’s silver webs in the garden. Photos: Yaja Hadrys

Jude will be giving a talk at the official opening of WRAPT on Saturday 12 September at 1pm. He will also host a knitting circle outside the café from 2-4pm on the same day. Everyone is welcome to bring along their knitting and join in. Jude will also demonstrate how to stretch out a knitted web.

Jude's webs light up at night. Photo: Yaja Hadrys
Jude’s webs light up at night. Photo: Yaja Hadrys
One of Jude's gold spiral webs in the garden. Photo: Yaja Hadrys
One of Jude’s gold spiral webs in the garden. Photo: Yaja Hadrys
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