Kirk is a fibre artist, performer and writer whose greatest love is knitting. He shares his love of colour and complex design with renowned designers Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably, and in 1998 apprenticed with both at the Kaffe Fassett Studio in London, England. In 2003, Kirk was awarded an Ontario Arts Council Chalmers Fellowship for Stitched Glass, an installation of three 5.5’ x 9’ tapestries, hand-knit in the style of stained glass, exploring the commonalities and conflicts between Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The installation took him fifteen years to complete. With the support of the Toronto Arts Council and Canada Council, Kirk and his wife, Claire Ross Dunn, co-wrote The Knitting Pilgrim, a one-hour performance to tour with Stitched Glass that explores Kirk’s artistic and spiritual journey creating the massive project.
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