Kathryn Hall

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What's wrong with knitting?

This project began from a personal interest in knitting and developed into an investigation of what knitting was beyond the solitary knitter using a creatively restrictive pattern. By undoing, rethinking, and questioning rules I have sought to understand and critique knitting as a practice and a mentality.

In the exploration of knitting I have come to design events and experiences which try to pose and capture the questions of my investigation. I have designed acts of collaborative knitting that use knitting as a means for social interaction, creating narratives and conversations in public space. People are invited to add to the knitting as they wish without the constraints of using a pattern. The knitting generated during the events is not intended to constitute the finished design, but instead it is the act of the group interacting that constitutes my outcome. The project explores the importance of the process and physical action involved in knitting, allowing for the deconstruction of this traditional craft.