When Your Seams Get Undone, Do You Learn to Sew or to Kill Monsters?
Radhika GajjalaMarch 2015
'New domesticity—which is a return to a lifestyle that centers domesticity “in the service of environmentalism, DIY culture, and personal fulfillment”—is taking shape in mostly Westernized DIY spaces. New domesticity exists in a neoliberal and digital DIY ontology that distinguishes itself from the domesticity of previous generations while also making claims to a “return.” This essay lays out some key issues that need to be taken into account regarding this emerging form of Wi-Fi gadget facilitated public engagement through domestic space while noting how the issue of unwaged labor resurfaces in the context of digital labor by women.'
In August 2014, to celebrate the ten year anniversary of Keep & Share, I produced a 16-page pamphlet in which I look back at the development and evolution of my work. The printed version of the pamphlet was produced in a limited edition of 100 copies. An interactive version is also available to download.
Knowledge Exchange in Design is an AHRC-funded project led by Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. The project brings together research students and early career researchers with partners from a range of organisations to work on a short, focused research project. The film profiles four projects, including my research residency at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.
'Comparing knitting to the protocols of software or the “Zen“ of the loops themselves may add a theoretical framework to help expose new dimensions of the underlying diagrams of knitting. With such an approach we may better understand the capacities with which to “hack“ the abstract machine of knitting, as we can see in the works of artists like Amy Twigger Holroyd and Rudiger Schlömer.'
Chapter 3: Knitting in the home from the eighteenth century to the present day
'Amy Twigger Holroyd has developed a personal artistic practice she calls 'stitch hacking', i.e. subverting and customizing a commercially produced piece of plain or patterned knitwear. By carefully and laboriously reversing stitches she has reproduced the garment's label details including the logo in full textured detail. A subtle example of consumer customization and craftivism.'
Design Activism and Social Change conference
Activism at Work - Crafting an Alternative Business
Dr Karen YairSeptember 2011
'The idea of consumer as participant goes beyond materials selection for some makers, to become part of the making process itself. Amy Twigger Holroyd, for example, believes that the more active a consumer is in the making process, the greater the emotional bond with the object and the longer its probable life. Amy makes her own knitwear range, but also aims to transform her customers into makers themselves, initially working to patterns and eventually creating their own designs. Running courses in 'pattern blagging' and 'stitch hacking' as well as selling knitting kits, Amy encourages the active participation she sees as crucial to genuine ownership.'
Craft and the Creative Lifecycle: making in changing times
Dr Karen YairSeptember 2011
'A lower impact, ‘as and when’ approach to retailing is adopted by Amy Twigger Holroyd, whose company offers knitting workshops to summer music festivals. For Amy, this is part of an activist philosophy focused on creating maximum value and minimum waste from everything produced.'
'Craft has an essential role to play in building a more sustainable future, and in this briefing note we explore how makers are trailblazing the use of recycled and sustainably-sourced materials and pioneering new, low-impact alternatives. We also investigate how makers are raising awareness of environmental issues through their work, and we see how they are challenging the conventions of a consumer society based on over-consumption.' Includes discussion of my work.
Making Value: craft & the economic and social contribution of makers
Mary Schwarz and Dr Karen YairJune 2010
A qualitative research study commissioned by the Crafts Council to explore the characteristics of portfolio working makers and appraise their contributions to a range of industry sectors and community and education settings, including discussion of my work.
Recycle, Keep, and Grow: Sustainable Textile Design in Britain
Jessica HemmingsSpring 2010
'Three British designers embody these three very different approaches to the sustainable design dilemma... In spite of their differences, this sense of pragmatism, combined with remarkable ambition, is a vision shared by Renshaw, Holroyd, and Lee - three extraordinary designers.'