Monday, August 31, 2015

Black Rock City Shawl

With Burning Man happening this week in Black Rock Desert, I pushed to finish my design for a shawl inspired by Black Rock City, a city created during the festival every year on the playa.  

Every year on the Black Rock Playa a festival of immense proportions takes place called Burning Man. With around 70,000 participants in the festival, a temporary city is created for one week called Black Rock City. It is arranged as a series of concentric streets in an arc around the Burning Man sculpture. Radial streets called Avenues extend from the sculpture out to the edges and are given a clock designation, for example, 6:00 or 6:15.

Such precise city planning creates a beautiful symmetry that begs to be lifted off the playa and wrapped around you. So I created this shawl.

Knit from Malabrigo Arroyo it is soft and warm. I began knitting it in Black Rock Desert during my residency but didn’t finish it until this week. I have never done so much math and geometry on a design as I did on this one!

Pattern is coming soon.


  1. This is one of the coolest Burning Man inspired works of art I've ever seen. It's just so simple and elegant and, holy smokes, I can't say enough about it. Just terrific. [Makes me want to learn to knit! I want to make one.]

  2. Thank you so much for your kind words. I loved designing it and loved my artist-in-residency in Black Rock Desert last year. You should totally learn to knit, it has been proved to improve your health. And you get a something useful to wear after. -Virginia

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