Activating Disruptive Fashion Modes and Practices

An open map of knitting knowledge?

All Knit Long, first Wednesday evening of the month, Ovelha Negra, Porto

All Knit Long, first Wednesday evening of the month, Ovelha Negra, Porto

Knitting holds a fascination for all generations, albeit from different perspectives. Today there is a creative hybridisation happening around ‘open source knitting’. Here there is huge potential to co-create a knowledge commons around knitting that could coalesce into a platform for generating local community making and distributed manufacturing. I see the activities of craftivism, fashion hactivism, the maker movement, open source designing and low-tech hactivism crossing-over. Here are a few examples which are already starting to hybridise (x = a possible ‘cross’), but could, potentially, go much further:

Knitic, artists Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet experimenting with electronic technologies and knitting machines

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Gerard Rubio challenges the fashion industry with his open source knitting machine, OpenKnit, using Arduino electronic controls developed in collaboration with Knitic

Gerard Rubio's OpenKnit machine in action

Gerard Rubio’s OpenKnit machine in action

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Andy Noyes’ Agnes Roboknit, a humanoid knitter

agnes-roboknitter-2

x

a database of patterns, do KNIT yourself

x

personalised patterns, ‘neuroknitting’ , showing your brain activity in knitted artefacts

A very personal scarf, revealing your thinking patterns!

A very personal scarf, revealing your thinking patterns!

x

Tactical Textiles by Fabiene Serrière and others, embedding an urban philosophy into digitally produced textiles

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hacking, knitting, crocheting and sensor technologies, How To Get What You Want from Kobakant Wearable Technology DIY

Sensing wrist movements 1

Sensing wrist movements 1

Sensing wrist movements 2

Sensing wrist movements 2

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organic wool databases for local sourcing, Sue Blacker’s single-breed yarns  and Claire Crompton’s Give Fleece A Chance project,  which evolved into the UK Wool Directory

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local knitting supply shops where you can learn knitting, for example, Ovelha Negra, Porto  and Knit with Attitude, London

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knitting circles, such as Stich ‘n Bitch

 

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all this was available in an open source knitting knowledge map, a bit like Greenmaps, that enables us to experiment with alternative ways of knitting grounded in more sustainable practices – sharing, local materials, locally produced. This open, distributed knitting community of practice could explore alternative business models. Sounds like a project that Mode Uncut should initiate…with the knitters!

AFL

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