Introduction: creativity in knitted textiles in historical context

Abrams, L. , Chapman, R. , Gardner, L., Moskowitz, M. and Tuckett, S. (2023) Introduction: creativity in knitted textiles in historical context. Textile, (doi: 10.1080/14759756.2023.2200292) (Early Online Publication)

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This Introduction frames a curated collection of articles on creativity in the knitwear sector, interrogating some of the ways in which creativity has been inspired, supported and manifested, from the home knitter to the internationally renowned designer, from the craft knitter to the industrial knitwear manufacturer. The contributions provide a diverse understanding of the creative practices of knitting, ranging from the skills of hand knitters to the machine knitting of the 1930s outerwear revolution, and from the investment in design of some of the leading knitwear companies, to the place of repetition in the creative practices of knitters of fair isle and aran knitwear. The collection also includes an interview with Di Gilpin and Sheila Greenwell of the Scottish knitwear company Di Gilpin whose hand-knitted garments grace the catwalks of top fashion houses, in which they explain how creativity informs both the design and making process. Contributors are drawn from the fields of history, textile studies, fashion and the business sector.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Knitting, creativity, design.
Status:Early Online Publication
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Tuckett, Dr Sally and Gardner, Dr Lin and Chapman, Dr Roslyn and Abrams, Professor Lynn and Moskowitz, Dr Marina
Authors: Abrams, L., Chapman, R., Gardner, L., Moskowitz, M., and Tuckett, S.
Subjects:D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Culture and Creative Arts > History of Art
College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities
College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > History
Journal Name:Textile
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1751-8350
Published Online:19 June 2023

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
303148Fleece to Fashion: Economies and Cultures of Craft in Scotland - Knitted Textiles c.1780-presentLynn AbramsArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/S011528/1Arts - History