Adrienne Rogers blankets and throws are beautiful
decorative textiles that are physically irresistible when
you see them you need to touch them. Or, perhaps more accurately,
you want to wander over their surfaces and wrap yourself in their
delicate fibers. To simply call Rogers creations textiles
doesnt begin to describe their presence or allure. They are
knotted sculptures that expand into living, breathing forms.
Rogers approach to knitting is at once avant-garde
and primal. Her forms are intriguingly original, yet they stem from
the timeless human urge to surround oneself with warmth, softness
and comfort. Their muted palette and rich textures seem drawn from
nature: pine bark, driftwood, river rocks, and cloudscapes. At times
her design emphasizes the spare beauty of repeating geometric shapes,
other times the stitches form downy surfaces that invoke a handcrafted
As with traditional Japanese architecture,
explains Rogers, I strive to create work that is functional
yet also stands alone as a thing of beauty.
Taking her inspiration from architecture and fashion
as well as the outdoors, she conceives of patterns that are then
translated into novel stitches, producing elegant designs that are
both delicate and bold. As the process evolves, a dialogue emerges
between the yarn and the design, which extends to the surrounding
materials, furnishings and interiors in which the finished piece
is ultimately set. For this reason, interior designers and modern
craft collectors who seek a clean-lined, contemporary aesthetic
covet her custom-made, hand-knit textiles, reveling in how much
can be achieved with so little.
What drives my designs and choice of materials
is the ultimate texture that can be created using such basic tools
as needles and a single, continuous thread.
Leslie Sherr, Critic/Curator,
As Adrienne Rogers tells it, a lot of what knitting
is about is numbers the size of the needles, the weight of
the yarn, the quantity of stitches. And what does all this complex
cerebration yield? The most voluptuous, startingly original textiles
you will ever see or caress.
Marisa Bartolucci, Design Writer,
Adrienne Rogers combines classic knitting techniques
with exquisite yarns. The end result is distinctly modern, elegant
and very luxurious.
Bibi Monnahan, Designer/Curator,
Knitting as art.
Theodore P. Shen and Mary Jo
Shen, Collectors, New York