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Konstantia Koulidou, Enrique Encinas

Knittstruments: Melodies of Weaving

Konstantia Koulidou & Enrique Encinas

Affiliation: SPIRE, Mads Clausen Institute. University of Southern Denmark.

Keywords: Crafting, Knitting, Sound Interface

Conference activity: Presentation Thurs 10th July

Project Summary:

Knittstruments: Melodies of Weaving is a project that explores and extends the expressive capabilities of the activity of knitting. It analyses the role of the craftsman (knitter) and how this is influenced when the expressive domain of the activity traditionally performed (knitting) is altered to obtain a different aesthetic output (music).

In order to gain a better understanding of the relationship between craftsman, tool and skill, three different instruments (knittstruments) were assembled and tested in four different environments. The analysis from the data collected suggests substantial alterations in the knitters performance due to audio feedback at both an individual and group level.


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One question that arises from your project: To which degree can a skilled practice, and the tacit knowledge that characterizes it, be faithfully translated into a different expressive domain?

Full paper

Koulidou. K, & Encinas, E. (2014). Knittstruments: Melodies of Weaving. In K. Bunnell & J. Marshall (Eds.), All Makers Now: Craft Values in 21st Century Production, International Conference Proceedings, Autonomatic Research Group, Falmouth University, 10/11 July 2014 (pp. 73 – 78). Falmouth University, ISBN 978-0-9544187-9-3