Heart fibers


Vollig Weichgestrikt

Sarah Illenberger

Those of you who enjoyed JPolka’s crochet cabinet in Sunday’s Cabinet of Curiosities carnival may also like these cloudlike knitted sculptures by Sarah Illenberger. I’m impressed with how effectively the yarn captures the delicate translucence of human tissues – particularly the vanishingly small arterioles on the heart’s surface.


Via Adam in the World


  1. #2 Jan-Maarten
    April 30, 2008

    Gorgeous! I wonder though what kind of fish has its heart portrayed here.. I’ve never seen anatomy like that. Then again, the naiveté kind of adds a nice layer to the work, to see someone’s idea of a heart fleshed out (yay: a pun!), rendering a blend of half remembered images and concepts of core functionality into yarn.

    Just in case you hadn’t seen that one yet:

    The institute for figuring. Crochet used as a mathematical teaching aid for hyperbolic spaces, and also for coral reefs.

  2. #3 alexandra
    April 30, 2008

    Nice work. I like the softness of the work.

  3. #4 PhysioProf
    April 30, 2008

    Now I’m a little confused. I think the top work is a fish heart, and the bottom are large and small intestines.


  4. #5 bioephemera
    April 30, 2008

    Honestly, I don’t know. I thought they were simplified abstractions of human organs. I mean, the heart’s a bit naive, but the lungs are not even remotely morphologically accurate for any species I know of.

  5. #6 bioephemera
    April 30, 2008

    Oh, and I mean the lungs on the artist’s site – those are intestines in the post. 😉

  6. #7 Jan-Maarten
    April 30, 2008

    Makes me think of mittens too.. art to keep your heart warm & comfy.

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