Dominique Kähler Schweizer, alias Madame Tricot, grew up in Paris in a family of designers, where she started to knit at the age of 6. Interested in art and science she studied medicine as well as art history. Working as a doctor for over 40 years she mainted her art passion by being creative in her leisure time, mainly developing her autodidactical knitting skills into an art form. She spezialized in 3D objects since 2012, which she creates with free knitting without using any instructions – everthing is an original piece.
Madame Tricot loves humor and kitsch, the macabre, and the interestingly ambiguous. She particularly creates perishable goods as meat and fish which hangs persistently on the edge of life and decay – a theme that has always fascinated her as a medical doctor.
Madame Tricots view on knitting versus crocheting:
„Only knitting allows the creation of a smooth skin-like surface. Crocheting is commonly used for sculptures, because it allows the creation of every detail precisely and easily, but it has the disadvantage of producing always the same rough pattern. On the other hand, with knitting there is the possibility to change the pattern and to adapt it to the desired effect. The combination of crocheting with knitting gives you unbounded possibilities to realise very realistic works. Additionally, a carefully chosen yarn improves the realistic representation of the objects. Every object is free-style knitted (without a pattern and without counting the stitches) and also seamless.Every Item is unique.“
„Kultur kocht“, 3.-4. September 2016 / Museum der Kulturen Basel
Exhibition around food and drink in the tension between conscious nutrition and appetite , between carnality and veganism , between mass nutrition and Fine Food.
Madame Tricot will show different delicacies (kitchen installation) and give a number (knitting) pralines workshops.
More information here.
Photo credit: Daniel Ammann, John Wilhelm, Martin Graf, Andreas Müller Pathle/Heiden, Roth und Schmidt/Zürich