Blanka Sperkova

 
Men Playing Basketball Necklace, finger knitted enameled wireTo Miro Necklace, finger knitted enameled wireTo Miro Necklace (detail), finger knitted enameled wireMoire Tube Necklace, finger knitted enameled wire
Monkey and Fruit Necklace, finger knitted enameled wireBlack and Gilded Double Tube Necklace, gilded and enameled finger knitted wireRed and Orange Berry Necklace, finger knitted enameled wirePink Bubble Necklace and Earrings (set), finger knitted enameled wire/glass beads/Sterling silver
Pink and Purple Earrings, finger knitted enameled wire/glass beads/Sterling silverPink and Purple Necklace and Earrings, finger knitted enameled wire/glass beads/Sterling silverRed Earrings, finger knitted enameled wire/Sterling silverHand with Red Nails Necklace (detail), silvered finger knitted wire/glass beads
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Blanka Sperkova began to experiment with wire in 1970. Inspired by traditional wire techniques used by Slovak tinkers, she has worked extensively with wire since 1975. She does not, however, use traditional tinker techniques. She has created a unique technique of finger knitting, which uses neither knitting needles nor other tools. Using a basic loop, she creates both free sculptures and jewelry. Early in her career she created figurative forms, based on the human body and animal motifs, but these gradually evolved into more abstract forms, always based on some distinct meaning. She has applied her wire techniques to her work in animated films and graphics. She often manipulates the airy transparency of knitted wire to create within forms that demonstrate an expressive interplay between light and shadow.

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