Knitglitch Blanket

Blanket

Knitglitch’s blanket is on exhibition at Bunbury Regional Art Galleries for the holidays! Visit it in the Archive Room installation space upstairs.

This artwork was created as part of the Awesome Arts Creative Challenge 2015; a program where artists are placed in schools in remote and regional Western Australia. Knitglitch (Claire Pendrigh and Dan Macnish) worked with students in years 1 – 6 in Bunbury’s Djidi Djidi Aboriginal School for one week.

Blanket is a soft, interactive interpretation of the environment of Djidi Djidi Aboriginal School. It is a collaborative artwork made by all the students (totaling about 70) who were involved in the Creative Challenge 2015.

A series of soft sensors made from wool and conductive thread play sounds created by the students when pressed. Explore the Blanket to experience Djidi Djidi Aboriginal School through the eyes and ears of its young artists!

Read more about the project at knitglitch.wordpress.com.

The Creative Challenge

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This September Knit Glitch (myself and fellow artist, Daniel Macnish) took part in the Awesome Arts Creative Challenge.

The Creative Challenge is a residency program that sends artists to schools in remote and regional Western Australia to work with the students and create something awesome! The aim of the Creative Challenge is to celebrate the talents, perceptions and stories of young people in regional and remote Western Australia and to instil a sense of pride, ownership and place within the communities.

Knit Glitch was placed at Djidi Djidi Aboriginal School in Bunbury, and it was such a pleasure to work with the bright young artists there. For one week, we spent each day working with students in years 1 to 6, felting an interactive blanket. The finished blanket contains soft sensors that, when pressed, play sounds recorded by the students.

The artwork will be on display in the Perth Cultural Centre for the Creative Challenge Exhibition at the AWESOME Festival from 3 – 6 October 2015.

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Conductive pompoms and other adventures

Feet felting
Feet felting

Knit Glitch is a creative duo – Daniel Macnish and myself, Claire Pendrigh.

Last weekend we packed up our things and headed out of town for an art weekend – two whole days devoted to exploring and experimenting with materials. Our primary goal was to make, and play with, a sensor that uses conductive thread embedded in felted wool. These sensors will be a central element in our next Knit Glitch project so we wanted to try out a few different techniques!

The most effective was the conductive pompom, which you can see in this video, controlling a sound. The pitch of the sound can actually be controlled by squeezing the pompom!

If you would like to find out more about Knit Glitch, then head over to our blog. We are very excited to be participating in the 2015 Awesome Arts Creative Challenge, so keep an eye out for future posts about our awesome creation.

First attempt at a felted conductive pompom.
First attempt at a felted conductive pompom.
Felting sensors
Felting sensors
Crocheting a sensor with wool and conductive thread
Crocheting a sensor with wool and conductive thread
Testing the conductivity of a pompom
Testing the conductivity of a pompom
Pompom sensor and crochet sensor
Pompom sensor and crochet sensor
A crochet sensor felted into some fabric
A crochet sensor felted into some fabric

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