When you think of art, how often do you think of knitting? Petros Vrellis is looking to change that. But you won’t find him sitting in a rocking chair with two needles making a blanket. Instead, Vrellis is changing the face of knitting.
Everyone knows that with a little imagination and innovation, an artist can take any material and make a masterpiece. And Vrellis is exploring just what an artist can do with a single piece of thread. Spoiler alert: he can make amazing Renaissance-based portraits.
Vrellis was born in Greece. His background is in electrical engineering and art sciences. Using his computer knowledge and his artistic sensibilities, he creates remarkable and intricate works. Vrellis considers himself more of a toy inventor than an artist, and it’s that open playfulness that has enabled him to do things no one else has.
A New Way to Knit
The loom he uses is a 28″ aluminum bicycle rim with 200 anchor pegs on its circumference. With that and a piece of thread, Vrellis creates these amazing portraits. But how does he know where to put the string and how many passes are needed to add the definition?
That’s where his computer background comes into play. The pattern for the finished product is generated by a special algorithm. The algorithm takes a digital photo and turns it into a knitting pattern.
Vrellis takes the thread and knits it in a straight line from one anchor peg to the next. He does this over and over again until the final portrait comes to life.