My practice is rooted in machine knitting but also includes, hand knitting, felt making and stitch. My science education and my enjoyment of science fiction inform a lot (but not all) of my work. For example, in 2014, I made a large-scale knitted sculpture of a protein molecule for the Society of Crystallographers in Australia and New Zealand. Most of my current work is mostly produced using a vintage electronic knitting machine which I have hacked so it can take instruction from my laptop. This frees me from the repeat patterns found in most machine knitting. It allows the use of mathematically-generated patterns such as cellular automata and the creation of large knitted images. My product range runs from coin purses featuring generative patterns to large scale wall hangings based on images from the space race. To frame a community installation organised for the RGBE, I used this technology to make a 4.5 metre map of the Edinburgh shoreline.
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