Exhibition Review - Units of Possibility: The Reknit Revolution by Carol Tulloch in Fashion Practice

Exhibition Review - Units of Possibility: The Reknit Revolution by Ania Sadkowska and Sarah Walker in Craft Research
Reknit Revolution provides resources to support reknitting: the reworking of existing knitted items using knit-based skills, techniques and knowledge.

I have developed a comprehensive range of treatments that could be used to rework an existing item of knitwear. These processes draw on instructions and examples from the past but also inventively respond to the mass-produced items in our wardrobes today. Each treatment is highly flexible in terms of scale, aesthetic and finish.

Instructions for three key techniques – replace cuff, stitch-hack and cardiganise – are currently available on the Reknit Revolution site. They include step-by-step animations, examples of existing projects, instructional videos, guidance on design and top tips.

This work was initially created as part of my PhD research, and has been further developed since.

The project was showcased at my first major solo exhibition, Units of Possibility: The Reknit Revolution, at Rugby Art Gallery & Museum in summer 2017. The exhibition toured to The Knitting & Stitching Show in London and Harrogate.

The centrepiece of the exhibition was the Reknit Spectrum, a large-scale diagram showcasing the reknit treatments. A film, created in collaboration with filmmaker Jonathan Hamilton, communicated the intricacies of the reknitting process and the tacit knowledge involved. Cathedral Cardigans and the Stitch-Hack series explored the creative potential of the techniques, while works created by local knitters provided further evidence of the accessibility and versatility of this approach.

Photographs by Jamie Grey at Rugby Art Gallery & Museum