Blanka Sperkova

 
Hand with Red Nails Necklace, silvered finger knitted wire/glass beadsRed-Pink-Purple Necklace (detail), finger knitted enameled wireRed-Pink-Purple Necklace and Earrings (set), finger knitted enameled wireOne Shell, One Pearl Necklace, silvered finger knitted wire/shell/pearl
One Shell, One Pearl Necklace (detail), silvered finger knitted wire/shell/pearlPearl in Shell Drop Earrings, silvered finger knitted wire/pearl/shellPearl Earrings, silvered finger knitted wire and pearls/Sterling silverOne Shell, One Pearl Necklace and Earrings (set), silvered finger knitted wire/shell/pearls
One Shell, One Pearl Necklace, Earrings, & Bracelet (set), silvered finger knitted wire/shell/pearlsSmall Shells Necklace (detail), silvered finger knitted wire/shellsSmall Shells Necklace and Earrings (set), silvered finger knitted wire/shellsGolden Leaves Necklace and Earrings set, finger knitted silver and gilded wire
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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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