My first thought when I saw Lynn Jackson’s knitted wire sculpture was how beautiful her work would be in a nursery. But then I noticed how many people at The Artist Project were admiring it purely for the memories it evokes. My good friend interior designer Elle Jungkind was captivated by it.
Lynn’s delicate work is made primarily from fine metal wire. She transforms utilitarian pieces of clothing and toys into art. Each piece is created using traditional knitting needles. With a background in goldsmithing and costume design, Lynn says, “my work compels others to recall their childhood memories, with the pieces acting as triggers and giving viewers permission to recall their own childhood sadness, loss, happiness and fragility.”
Last November, Lynn, an award-winning artist who grew up in St. Catharines Ontario and Liverpool, moved into one of the Wychwood Barns live-work spaces. Artscape has transformed the historic streetcar repair barns in Toronto’s St. Clair and Christie neighborhood into a 60,000 sq ft multi-faceted community space that includes artist studios. Every Saturday morning there’s also a fantastic farmer’s market. Lynn’s studio overlooks the park, making it quite a find in the middle of the city.
Lynn calls on old photos and her mother’s recollections to meticulously recreate the dresses, nightgowns, bonnets and booties she wore as a little girl. She says it was a natural progression to include the toys she played with. Though she was born in Canada, she was raised by English parents, so it’s not surprising she loved characters from the Peter Rabbit books like Tabitha Twitchit, Mopsey Bunnies and Peter Rabbit.
Like so many talented artists, Lynn has a diverse background. She studied costume design at Niagara College and the Shaw Festival Theatre School. She also spent three years in the jewellery arts program at George Brown College, learning about gemology and diamond grading.
Her work is beautiful hung from wires or framed in a shadow box. To learn more about Lynn’s creations, check out her website here.