John Smedley’s collection drew its influence from the British abstract movement of the Thirties and artists such as Peter Lanyon and Victor Pasmore. A blurred intarsia stripe knit looked to the work of Pasmore in particular, who was known for ruining his own artwork with slashes of paint if he thought it fell below par.
A brushstroke effect was replicated as a stitch pattern in some of the more textured weaves while colors including red, charcoal, blue and gray evoked the scenery of Cornwall’s St Ives, which inspired the artists. Silhouettes included cardigans, crew necks, roll necks and shirt styles.
During the presentation, the contemporary artist Doris A. Day hand-painted pieces of knitwear. The limited run of three painted pieces will retail for about 550 pounds, or $798.