In this gallery, Amy Twigger Holroyd aims to share and promote techniques for reknitting: using knitting skills and knowledge to repair and rework the garments in our wardrobes.
The exhibition features a large-scale diagram showcasing a comprehensive range of ‘treatments’ that could be used to transform an existing item of knitwear. These processes draw on instructions and examples from the past but also inventively respond to the mass-produced items in our wardrobes today. They exploit the inherent ‘tinkerability’ of the knitted structure and treat each individual stitch as a unit of possibility.
In conceptual terms, Twigger Holroyd aims to explore ‘radical openness’ in the fashion system by tinkering with the things that surround her, and encouraging others to do the same. This spirit is perhaps most evident in her ‘stitch-hacking’ process, in which the stitches of a knitted fabric are reconfigured to retrospectively insert a new structural design.
Twigger Holroyd’s reknitting work, which has been exhibited nationally and internationally, was originally developed during her PhD at Birmingham Institute of Art & Design, completed in 2013. This exhibition is produced by Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, with technical assistance from Nottingham Trent University.