Salon Bench Knowle West, 2009

Trevor Pitt + Knowle West knitters + Pauline Hicks + Alison Haggas + Wooly Shepherd

Knowle West Media Centre, Bristol, UK


Salon Bench Knowle West has been produced through a collaborative process led by Trevor Pitt with local knitters: Jean Bell, Lin Taylor, Sandra Manson, Mary Williams, Jacqueline Saunders, Lesley Belgium, Carmen Lord, Mabs Ball, Irene Luxton, Eunice Cox, Misty Tunks, Storm Hawthorne, Peter Chapman, Adele Watt, Michaela Macrae Simpson, Gina Lundy, Brenda Oakes and Beryl Hall.


The yarn has been hand spun by Alison Haggas from a flock of Jacob sheep herded by Pauline Hicks on her smallholding in Cossington, Somerset.


The fleeces were washed and carded at Wooly Shepherd, Blagdon Hill, Somerset by Valerie Grainger and Penny Bowden and felted by Carolyn Morton.


The name labels were machine embroidered by Jamie Warren (VSM UK Ltd) and Kate Pemberton using the Husqvarna Viking Designer Diamond.


Other Salon Benches are being made in Northampton, Milton Keynes, London, Newcastle, Talgarth, Devon and Birmingham.


Article in Bristol Evening Post


Craftivism is an Arnolfini/Relational contemporary art project.


Design and construction of The Knitting Salon is produced in association with Craftspace.


Salon Bench Knowle West was hosted by Knowle West Media Centre

A view from the Northern Slopes by Gina Lundy