Holes, Tangles and Bad Tension – A Celebration of Ineptitude in Knitting
11:30 - 12:30
Knitting is often viewed as a laborious, female orientated pastime, demanding row upon row of perfect stitches.
This workshop aims to challenge the craft associations of knitting, by playing with materials and exploring the possibilities of simple techniques to create art. Using a variety of materials (yarns, twine, strips of fabric and recycled materials), participants will be to knit, crochet, stitch or wrap a paper based former, to create their own experimental sculpture. The short timescale forces spontaneous working, using large needles, chunky threads and clashing colours. Beginners are welcome, with mistakes viewed as part of the creative process. Holes, ladders and uneven tension enhance the effect – the untidier the work, the better the final result!
There will also be additional samples on display, exploring combining textiles with sculptural materials, devoré techniques with acid, and heat fusing and melting plastics and synthetic fabrics.
'My work subverts the nurturing associations of textiles to challenge the hierarchy of the arts, using a medium associated with women’s work, and consequently considered low art or craft. I initially studied City & Guilds Embroidery, before gaining a First Class BA Hons degree in Fine Art. I have exhibited at Leyden Gallery (Platform 16), Stuffed (K6 Gallery, Southampton), Nasty Women UK (Stour Space, London), The Great Divide (OVADA Gallery, Oxford), and Art Number 23’s Metamorphosis show in Slovakia. Gender issues are a key interest in my work. I delivered a conference paper entitled Freudian Knits and Body Bits at In the Loop at 10, Winchester School of Art. I also took part in two short residences, Block Chain>Power of Two (Chapel Arts Studio) and the one day Micro-residency (Threads Kent). I believe arts education should be accessible to all, and recently ran a series of experimental knitting sessions (Theatre Delicatessen, London). I am currently involved in the Antiuniversity Touchy Textiles exhibition and workshop, and will also be running a Feminist Knitting workshop at the Greenbelt Festival.'