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In the Loop

In the Loop 2 Conference Programme

A five day international conference

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:


Susan Crawford
Deidre Nelson
Annemor Sundbø

In response to the success of In the Loop held at Winchester School of Art in July 2008, and the continuing interest in knitting, this second interdisciplinary conference proposed an exploration of knitting from a broad range of practical and theoretical perspectives within the theme of tradition and renewal.

Preliminary conference programme (PDF version is available in useful downloads)

Wednesday 1st September 2010

14.00 - 16.30 Registration

14.00 - 16.30 Knitting lounges open
Focus displays
Bookstall/Giftshop
Tour of Textile Gallery, 3pm
Coffee/tea

16.30 - 17.15 Dr Carol Christiansen
Pattern and lace: the knitwear collections at Shetland Museum

17.15 - 18.00 Linda Newington
Knitted together: the collections of Montse Stanley, Richard Rutt and Jane Waller, University of Southampton Library

18.00 - 20.00 Wine reception

Thursday 2nd September 2010

Session 1: Tradition and renewal: Carol Christiansen

09.30 - 10.15 Key note speaker - Susan Crawford (abstract below)
Is tradition really such a bad thing?

10.15 - 10.35 Hazel Hughson
Anonymous and invisible Shetland knitters

10.35 - 10.55 Elizabeth Johnston
Fisherman's Dags

11.00 - 11.30 Coffee

11.30 - 11.50 Lisa Costa
The making of the Queen Susan Shawl: Shetland tradition explodes on the internet

11.50 - 12.10 Roxane Permar and Nayan Kulkarni
Mirrie Lace - fusing Shetland lace knitting with light

12.10 - 12.30 Questions to Panel

12.30 - 13.30 Lunch

Session 2: Artists crossing boundaries: Linda Newington

13.30 - 14.15 Keynote speaker - Deidre Nelson (abstract below)
A quiet activism

14.15 - 14.35 Trevor Pitt
Soft Bench and Knitting Salon 2009

14.35 - 14.55 Rachel Matthews
Research into methods of working with an un-finished project

15.00 - 15.30 Tea

15.30 - 15.50 Françoise Dupré
Ouvrage and Exotic mk

15.50 - 16.10 Barbara Ridland and Jeanette Sendler
Woolgatherers

16.10 - 16.30 Questions to Panel

Free evening

Friday 3rd September 2010

Session 3: Knitting narratives: Carol Christiansen

09.30 - 10.15 Keynote speaker - Annemor Sundbø (abstract below)
Knitting in art

10.15 - 10.35 Susan Strawn
Perspectives on wartime hand knitters in America

10.35 - 10.55 Jess Payne
Shetland lace knitting in New Zealand: the voyage and transformation of tradition

11.00 - 11.30 Coffee

11.30 - 11.50 Hilary Seatter
Anything is possible

11.50 - 12.10 Ruth Gilbert
Material Witness: knitted artefacts as evidence for skill

12.10 - 12.30 Stella Lange
Miss Barker-Eames's knitting at the edges of the empire

12.30 - 12.50 Questions to Panel

12.50 - 14.00 Lunch

Session 4: Knitting Cultures : Linda Newington

14.00 - 14.20 Anne Sinclair
Fair Isle

14.20 - 14.40 Kathy Coull
Two stranded communities

14.40 - 15.00 Frankie Owens
A demonstration of traditional Peruvian knitting and a discussion of historical links to Portuguese knitting

15.00 - 15.30 Tea

15.30 - 15.50 Emma Bradbury
The impact knitted craft has upon small and remote communities

15:50 - 16.15 Questions to Panel

18.00 - 7.30 Bar open

19.30 - Conference dinner (optional)

Saturday 4th September 2010

Session 5: Knitting and the fashion industry: Carol Christiansen

10.00 - 10.20 Sandy Black
Knitting in 20th century advertising and popular culture

10.20 - 10.40 Josie Steed
Textile Lab

10.40 - 11.10 Coffee

11.30 - 11.50 Caroline Ness and Elaine Uttely
The Sarah Dallas Archive

11.50 - 12.10 Amy Twigger Holroyd
Stitch hacking and pattern blagging: a manifesto

12.10 - 12.30 Questions to Panel, Summary

An afternoon of optional choices : Knitting Lounges
Focus displays
Bookstall/Giftshop
Tour of Textiles Gallery

Visit to Shetland Textile Working Museum, Böd of Gremista, Lerwick (make own way there, 1.5 miles/3.2 km)

Studio visit, Barbara Ridland and Jeanette Sender, Lerwick

Workshop with Estonian knitters arranged by Shetland CollegeSunday 5th September

On Sunday 5th September 2010 there is an optional excursion to Unst from 08.15 to 18.30.

This is a collaborative event between Shetland Museum and Archives and the University of Southampton Library. The joint organisers are Dr. Carol Christiansen and Linda Newington.

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