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Felicity Ford AKA KNITSONIK

From the baas of lambs caught on the breeze, to the chink chink of needles swiftly knitting, from the noises made by a beloved spinning wheel to those of a hi-tech shima machine, Felix’s recordings really capture the way that wool is written through the Shetland landscape - Kate Davies, Kate Davies Designs

 

It’s like listening to wool – Bridgette Kelly, British Wool Marketing Board 

 

Practice

 

Felicity Ford AKA Felix works with digital recordings of everyday sounds. In some projects these sounds are combined with hand-knitting. She created her first knitted speaker system in 2007. Her practice lies at the intersection of craft and art and she is especially interested in using sounds to amplify and celebrate women’s history, and to explore the politics and textures of daily life.

 

Felix uses sounds to draw hand-knitters more closely into the landscapes from which their wool is ultimately derived. Developing these creative projects and studying for her PhD has given Felix a strong grounding in managing a creative process – transferable skills that she wanted to translate into a practical knitting book for adventurous knitters. In 2014, she crowdfunded the publication of the KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook – a book that shows you how to translate everyday inspirations into stranded colourwork. It is now in its third print run with a sequel due for release March 2018. An album of sounds celebrating the same inspiration sources as those celebrated visually in her books is also due for release in 2018.

 

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