A PASSION for Lou Reed spanning more than 40 years finds an unusual form at Lismore's Serpentine Gallery with the launch of an exhibition that puts the late rock god in stitches.

I'll Be Your Mirror is the work of Lismore artist Mary Adams and Koonorigan photographer Katrina Mathieson and displays a collection of knitted jumpers showing images of the rock star.

Ms Adams said her inspiration to knit Reed onto a jumper came with the 1972 release of the Transformer album.

"It's one of the most amazing album covers ever made," she said.

"That face is so enigmatic. Is it totally bored? Is it rapturous? Is it full of love? Is it full of sorrow?

"It's unbelievable it could be captured just in black and white.

The jumper was bought by a woman who wore it to a press conference with Reed for his first Australian tour - not long after that the star asked Ms Adams to knit another 20 of them.

Part of the exhibition, which runs until September 2, is a series of photographs taken by Ms Mathieson of people modelling the jumpers at locations such as The Channon Markets and Lismore's Back Alley Gallery.

Once the exhibition finishes at Lismore, it's hitting the road and heading for Sydney, where it will be displayed at the Tap Gallery from September 10 to September 14.


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