Cast Away was a unique collaborative knitting project, which I ran in an empty shop in Hereford. I worked with school and community groups and members of the public to create a temporary knitted installation starting from a single cardigan. Pieces of knitting were added to this single starting point, creating a growing, twisting web that that took over the whole shop space.
Having previously created communal blankets, I was interested in exploring the idea of a three-dimensional patchwork. I also wanted to explore an idea central to my stitch-hacking work: that existing garments can be 'opened up' and tinkered with.
The project involved more than 100 people in just 5 open days. I taught hand knitting, crochet, finger knitting and machine knitting skills, so everyone had the chance to try out something new. Comments from participants included: 'Great atmosphere and creative buzz' | 'Welcoming, bright community-building afternoon' | 'A super intergenerational project' | 'Nice atmosphere, very relaxed - just as knitting should be'