S - H&M

Found jumper, stitch-hacked

In 2012, I was commissioned to create a stitch-hacked piece for the Crafts Council's Handling Collection. For the commission, I was keen to source a mass-produced item of knitwear from a brand which would be instantly recognisable to people of all ages. After a long charity shop search, I found the ideal candidate: an H&M jumper with size and country of manufacture on the back neck label. These elements formed the design that I eventually hacked into the ultra-fine stitches.

By 'surfacing' information about the garment's manufacture I hope to highlight the origins of the garments that fill our wardrobes, and consider the skill and status of those who work in garment factories overseas. Because we are given limited information by the retailer, we can only imagine the conditions in which this item was made.

Along with the garment, I supplied a chunky gauge sample showing a step-by-step version of the stitch-hacking technique, a stitch-hacking latch tool, the original charts for the design, and images of the work in progress.

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