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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog Publishing Ltd (19 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906155968
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906155964
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 2.5 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jessica Hemmings writes about textiles. She studied Textile Design at the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating with a BFA (Honors) in 1999 and Comparative Literature (Africa/Asia) at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies, earning an MA (Distinction) in 2000. Her PhD, awarded by the University of Edinburgh in 2006, is published by kalliope paperbacks under the title Yvonne Vera: The Voice of Cloth (2008). She has taught at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, the Rhode Island School of Design, the Winchester School of Art and Edinburgh College of Art. In 2010 she edited a collection of essays titled In the Loop: Knitting Now published by Black Dog and in 2012 edited The Textile Reader (Berg) and wrote Warp & Weft (Bloomsbury). She is currently working on Cultural Threads, a book about postcolonial thinking and contemporary textile practice (Bloomsbury: 2014) and is Professor of Visual Culture and Head of the Faculty of Visual Culture at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin.

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''This new release gives fiber enthusiasts the ability to think 'outside the box' when it comes to knitting as an art form, as literature, as an industrial piece or even as a simple garment.'' - Peacefully Knitting ''An essential book for anyone with an interest in contemporary crafts.'' - Funky Finds ''Knitting has enjoyed a massive revival in the last few years, and boy, haven't we heard about it. But while the papers and glossies have been falling over themselves to report on the rise of yarn sales in John Lewis and how many twentysomethings have been seen knitting in pubs, contemporary textile designers have been busy doing some rather more brilliant things with their needles.'' --The Guardian

''this book is a fascinating read for anyone who loves knitting and wants to learn more about its history and traditions around the world.'' --Knit Today

''A lavishly illustrated and intellectually rich book that is a must for everyone interested in the historical and cultural background to knitting as craft.'' --Yarn Forward

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Jessica Hemmings studied Textile Design at the Rhode Island School of Design and Comparative Literature at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies. She has written many articles for publications such as Bloom, Crafts and Selvedge. Currently she is associate Director of the Centre for Visual and Cultural Studies at the Edinburgh College of Art. Sandy Black is the author of Eco-Chic (Black Dog Publishing, 2008) and Fashioning Fabrics (Black Dog Publishing, 2006) and is Professor of Fashion Design and Technology at the London College of Fashion.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By V. Haffenden on 25 Sept. 2010
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This book comprises articles about modern knitter's in art, craft and academia. It is well illustrated and an accessible read whilst offering enough depth for the more serious reader. If you are looking for knitting patterns this not the book for you, as it is mostly profiles of the artists/craftspeople featured and discussion about knitting culture. If you want to learn a bit more about the current politically motivated knitting in America, and the more 'edgy' sides to knitting then this will start you off on a voyage of discovery.
Whether this was planned before 'In the Loop' at Winchester Scool of Art in 2007, or was a follow up publication, it offers a taste of what was discussed at the conference.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Platt TOP 100 REVIEWER on 5 Dec. 2010
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This is not a knitting pattern book. Instead it tracks the position of knitting as an art form today. It offers perspectives on knitting, mainly as a textile art across the world. Theme-wise, it reminds me of a very similar book I reviewed some time ago - Knitting Art from Voyageur Press, which in my opinion is the better book. However the content is different even if we are going over the same tracks - knitting to make an artistic statement and expanding the boundaries of knitting. Amongst the essays, Sandy Black's name will be well-known. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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Rethinking Knit and Craft 11 Sept. 2010
By Kelsie McGrail Rodgers - Published on Amazon.com
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In the Loop: Knitting Now by Jessica Hemmings takes a serious and contemporary look at knitting through a collection of essays, statements, and photographs from a variety of contributors ranging from artist to historian. Engaging and thought-provoking, this book recognizes that there are various approaches to knitting and that a richness of understanding (and, therefore, appreciation) is formed when these different perspectives converge. Highlights include resurgence, tradition, perfectionism, feminism, literature, time-keeping, gesture, fiction, activism, technology, and code. The message is clear: knitting is complex; knitting is dynamic; knitting is beyond hobby. Anyone failing to see the potential of knitting (or craft in general) needs to feast their eyes on this intellectual banquet.
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The Meaning and Potential of Knitting 19 May 2010
By Bonnie Brody - Published on Amazon.com
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In the Loop: Knitting Now is a fascinating book about "the meaning and potential of knitting'. It is not a book of knitting patterns. In fact, I don't believe that there is one pattern included in the book. However, it is a book edited by Jessica Hemmings that originates from a conference called 'In the Loop' that was held in Great Britain in 2008. The writings and photographs included in the unusual and wonderful book are about "the meaning and potential of knitting".

In the words of the editor, " the contributors to this book have written and illustrated from a number of perspectives and borrow from a variety of conventions". Some provide rich images accompanied by brief statements. Others have elected to write at length about their practice, using the format of the illustrated essay to move equally between word and image. At the opposite extreme are essays that consider knitting in fiction and address the identity of knitting as it appears in print".

"Academic, artist, historian, librarian and poet are all to be found in these pages". The book is written in no particular chronology and the reader can skip around at their own choosing to read a chapter that may be of interest to them. The editor is looking for a diverse dialog about knitting, one that provokes debate and "contributes to a more broadly considered definition of knitting in the future".

Knitting has seen a resurgence in interest. There is no longer a practical need for knitting but rather it is now a pastime that is for art, enjoyment, craft, political statement that "appears in unexpected guises with intentions and meanings that stray far outside the realm of the domestic and utilitarian."

The essays are provocative, entertaining, educating and above all, interesting. The essay by Clio Padovani and Paul Whittaker "proposes an elaboration in thinking about what we have come to know as the act of knitting". It also is about contemporary art that "unconventionally makes use of the practices of knitting". I was fascinated by the way this essay discussed knitting and psychoanalysis and how it incorporated the works of contemporary art into the meaning of knitting. Of especial interest was their portrayal of Louise Bourgeois, one of the most influential artists living today, the the relationship of her work to knitting. Psychoanalytically, they refer to the work of Jacques Lacan.

As an avid reader, I was drawn to the essays of knitting and literature. The section on 'Narrative Knits' drew me in right away. It has essays on how "knitting appears in written and oral narrative traditions, from cultures with a lengthy history of the craft, such as the Scottish Islands of Shetland, as well as those with an imported history of knitting, such as Zimbabwe. Curiously knitting is not, as we might expect, always cast in a positive light when it appears in fiction and folklore. It is as often used to navigate grief, disappointment or loss, as it does a romantic return to the soothing rhythms of working with our hands". I was especially interested in the essay 'Knitting in Southern African Fiction'.

There are also sections on 'Rethinking Knitting', 'Narrative Knits', 'Site and Sight: Activist Knitting', and 'Progress: Looking Back'. The book is erudite and entertaining. It is philosophical, historical and futuristic. The photographs are wonderful and are strewn throughout the text. It is a GREAT book for readers who love knitting. I highly recommend it.

Bonnie Brody May 18, 2010
inspiring book! 10 May 2013
By Alysha Gover - Published on Amazon.com
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such a good buy.
For those of you into knitting and exploring new forms of technology/conceptual fashion/art, this book has the latest projects/ideas of clever, like-minded people.
Great to get an idea of what going on in the knitting world, would highly recommend to any knitwear students/grads as a continual source of inspiration and concepts.
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