International Knitting Conference in Shetland

by Deborah Leggate -

In the Loop 2: Knitting Origins and Evolution

1st - 5th September 2010

Shetland Museum and Archives is to host an international conference on knitting in collaboration with the University of Southampton.

The five-day inter disciplinary conference will focus on the many facets of knitting, ranging from academic research to contemporary art practice. It also aims to foster study and promote the revival of the craft.

A range of conference papers will be delivered 2nd - 4th September, under the themes of tradition and renewal, artists and designers crossing boundaries, knitting narratives, knitting cultures, and fashion and the industry. Speakers will include academics, artists, curators, designers, crafts people, knitters and students as well as three keynote speakers: Susan Crawford, Deidre Nelson and Annemor Sundbø.

Throughout the conference there will be a range of knitting exhibitions and activities open to the public, including knitting lounges, book stalls and focus displays, which the organisers expect will create a real buzz in the Museum and Archives.

For further information, a full conference programme and booking form, click here.