‘Our Knitted Story’ is officially open.
Although we were still putting up some of the information boards today we are glad to open the exhibition to the public.
After all the kind words of passers by during the setting up it was great to finally step back and see the exhibiton as one, as though a mist was clearing.
The project title ‘Our Knitted Story’ encompasses everything from knitting to embroidery and soft sculpture; anything textiles based, focusing on the connections, bonds, memories and stories it creates through generations and across cultures. The deliberate use of the word ‘Knitted’ in the title of the project refers to its use as a term to describe a cause to unite, become united, unify, become one, come together, become closer, band together, bond.
The focus of the project is on personal histories of hand-crafting and brings together stories and memories of knitting, crocheting and other textile based activities from the local community. With items and quotes from people who are members of groups and people who craft alone.
Our Knitted Story is Charnwood Arts Big Knitting Groups latest research project and incorporates a project undertaken by The Craftivists Collective and Falmouth University called the Craftivists Garden. We were at the launch in London last summer and then worked closely with the organisers, creating about 100 flowers for the project with various groups, which were then sent to London for an event at the Toynbee Hall in January. About a third of the flowers produced by people from around the UK are displayed here.
We also set the first year textiles students at LUSAD a brief to respond to the notion of the knitted story, with particular focus on their own personal histories and connections with textiles. Over 70 students created work as part of their course, with the work of 15 students being selected for exhibition.
Images courtesy of Emily Lees
We also have some interesting facts about knitting supplied by Liz Dunajewska from the Big Knitting Group with illustrations by Paul Gent. There is also poetry, a yarn-bomb and a super hero in the exhibiton and a ‘History Pod’ with a few vintage items in from members of the group.
Thanks to everyone that took part in the project over the last few months. Visitors please add your stories to the ones in the comments book. We would love to add your story to the ones we have already collected.
Yours in Creativity
Project coordinators- Jemma Bagley and Sarah Green.
To view more images of the exhbition please follow the link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/117355698@N03/