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Karie Westermann - Knitting the Landscape

  • Water of Leith Centre 24 Lanark Road Edinburgh, Scotland, EH14 1TQ United Kingdom (map)

Psychogeography is about seeing your local environment in a new light: bike lanes, paths worn by human feet, and old forgotten rivers. It is about wandering about your home town and looking closer at things you pass every day.

This class will be an exploration of how to express your memories and thoughts of a specific place using knitting as a medium. Knitwear designer Karie Westermann will talk about her own experiences designing knitwear inspired by specific landscapes – from shawls mimicking submerged beaches to hats taking visual cues from her Glasgow cityscape.

Then, together, you will begin to explore your own landscapes on the needles. What is the fabric of your own place? How can you translate the way you navigate the world into a wearable piece of knitwear? Karie will guide you in thinking about textures, stitch patterns and colours – and make you look at your familiar surroundings in a new way.

Level: Beginner upwards

Skills needed: Basic knitting skills

Materials to bring: Bring yarn that you associate with the place you want to explore.
- Bring appropriate needles
- Bring at least two photographs of the place you want to explore (or drawings if the place you want to knit is imaginary)
- Pen & paper
- A open mind – this won't be your average knitting class!

Any "homework"?: none

Class size: 20