Sarah Evelyn Marsh
This intergenerational project bought together two pre-established groups of women from North Manchester, UK.
Studio One based in Whythenshawe, supports women who have suffered psychological trauma, they meet once a week to knit, share stories and support one another.
I approached this group of women to work with me on the creation of an intervention to be exhibited at the beautiful Platt Hall Costume Gallery, Manchester, UK.
They taught me how to knit, and in return I presented them with new and interesting materials to knit with; extending our creative abilities with this age-old craft.
Our knitted forms and sculptures became emotional representations for the group, as well as echoing and complimenting the space of the gallery.
We knitted with wire and translucent fishing wire to create delicate, ethereal structures that softened the light streaming through the windows of the Platt Hall building.
We knitted with rope and coarse strings that created interesting textures and forms, evocative of the swirling stucco walls.
We cast our knitting in wax, explored the traces of knitting with spray paint and overtime created a 3-dimensional space that the public could interact with; knitting their own responses to the space, within the space.
We sit, we knit, we unwind...
The interventions were exhibited at Platt Hall Gallery of Costume March - June 2013
We sit, we knit, we unwind.
This project took us on a journey. We 'followed the line' to knit together, unravel problems, talk about difficult subjects and discover endless creative possibilites.
Womens knitting group from Studio One, Wythenshawe, Manchester.
In association with Manchester Art Gallery, the Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall and Creative practitioner, Sarah Marsh.