ERIC RANDALL MARKUS
TIMOTHY JAMES BERGERON
XIAN MARIE AZU-BOLES
Knitting has always been a passion of mine since I was a child. The intricacy in the pattern of colors braiding unanimously as one, and the simplicity of the movements searching to embrace, are the two characteristics that compel me to continue knitting in adulthood. My love for knitting combined with my newfound curiosity in data visualization and psychology of emotions brings forth my longing to create something unique to me; I wanted to lock it down by using the emotions I felt before my discovery of the needled pastime, and visually design how it changed the way I expressed and communicated.
When I was little, the three emotions that clouded me were loneliness, alienation, and frustration, but the moment knitting entered my life, it became a threshold for me to become someone different. The journey I persisted in, arose as an internal struggle—to deal with my ego, my heart, and my body—and thrive in a time of turmoil. I desired to transform these emotions into a moment embellished with affection, excitement, and adventure, all while dissolving the judgements away. And knitting did exactly that.
In my knitted compositions, I am introducing within them the data in which the psychology of emotions are presented alongside the corresponding ideas of color theory and personal journey. The calming effect of knitting not only helped me experience a sense of achievement, learn patience, and discover bonds with other people—it ultimately metamorphosized my adverse emotions into positivity I could thrive on.