4 May – 12 June 2019, Pannett Art Gallery, Whitby.
An interactive exhibition
by Jane Scott and Elizabeth showcases knitted installations that change colour
and adapt in shape and form in response to environmental conditions.
‘Post Digital Knit’ considers how the
use of technology disrupts traditional making processes, exploring how digital
technologies and craft thinking can enable the responsive, the adaptive and the
“We are excited to bring together a new collection of responsive installations exploring the potential of knitting as a smart material system. We think it has relevance to challenge issues of sustainability across architecture, interiors and fashion. The public response so far has been fantastic.” Scott and Gaston
Alongside the knitted pieces, the
exhibition considers what hybrid approaches have been developed that integrate
both the programming interface and a tacit understanding of material behaviour.
Growing Medium forms part of a series of installations designed using Programmable Knitting; a new biomimicry concept for textiles; incorporating smart and responsive behaviours into fabrics composed of 100% natural, sustainable materials. In Growing Medium the material system engages directly with environmental change; discreetly reforming in response to increases in moisture content. Over the course of the summer the installation physically changes in shape, actuating in response to environmental conditions within the gallery space.
Growing Medium was exhibited within the MATERIALS THAT SHAPE THE NORTH group exhibition for IDEA OF NORTH at The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, May 11th – September 30th 2018 in conjunction with the Great Exhibition of the North.
It is a shape changing knitted installation that forms one face of the geodesic dome curated by MaterialDriven. The work, composed of 100% Yorkshire Spun wool and assembled with lasercut veneer has been produced using CNC knit technologies in The School of Design at The University of Leeds.
On Friday Elizabeth Gaston and I hung a new installation Inflection in the Hall of Steel at The Royal Armouries, Leeds.
It is cnc knitted nylon/lurex with laser cut Perspex inserts.
Skew (detail) Jane Scott, 2015
Programmable Knitting was exhibited as a peer reviewed project at ACADIA2016 Posthuman Frontiers, Data, Designers and Cognitive Machines, October -November 2nd 2016, Liberty, Research Annex Gallery, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
The work was also presented during the ACADIA2016 conference session and received the 2016 Autodesk ACADIA Emerging Research Award; Project Category. These awards recognise outstanding peer-reviewed research and include an invitation to return to the 2017 ACADIA Conference at Massachusetts Institute of Technology to present further development of the research.
100% natural materials
Programmable Shape Change
Knitted Textile System