Designing in Full Colour: The Textile Experiments of Everett Wong

7 December 2022
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Colour. That’s the first thing that you notice when you visit Everett Wong’s Instagram account, Scoundrels and Gents (@scoundrelsandgents). It is hard to think of much else when you are looking at a technicolour dance of intarsia made with hot orange and vibrant pink, lime green and blue, neon yellow and grey.

The colour is the first thing that catches your attention, but then there is the exceptional technique: carefully crafted Fair Isle, Irish crochet, toile, beadwork…often mixed, and all skillfully done. A couture-level fisherman’s sweater blooming with flowers. A chunky handknit with an arresting series of shockingly bright stripes. Capelets made with extraordinary patterns. Toile and fringe with seafoam fibre. There is nothing dull here. His feed is filled with knitwear, sketches, fibre experiments, and even Ukrainian eggs, all of it vibrant, artful, and, despite the variety of media, visually cohesive.

Featured photo courtesy Everett Wong.

Copyright © Leanne Prain except as indicated.

About Leanne Prain

Leanne Prain is the author of Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles; Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti co-authored with Mandy Moore; and Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery. Her fourth book, on the theme of creative troublemaking, will be published by Arsenal Pulp Press in Spring 2022.

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