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CONSTRUCTION KNITTING


 Construction Knitting addresses the knitting project as a current social       activity that could have broader design benefit.  As a social design model the   knitting pattern is a trickle down of high fashion, disseminating the fashion commodity as a type of mass co-design product.  This poses opportunities.  However, hand knitting’s old fashioned jargon language is understood only by a limited audience, which situates this practice somewhere ambiguously outside of Design.  Design enhances experience; so this project brings into knitting a new design format through design language and graphic interfaces that can be more readily understood by a wider audience.  This presents   knitting as more accessible and inclusive, promoting what makes Craft so  relevant today; a path to mutual self-sufficiency and inter-connectivity.

Melbourne Design Awards. Winner 2011

 

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CONSTRUCTION KNITTING


 Construction Knitting addresses the knitting project as a current social       activity that could have broader design benefit.  As a social design model the   knitting pattern is a trickle down of high fashion, disseminating the fashion commodity as a type of mass co-design product.  This poses opportunities.  However, hand knitting’s old fashioned jargon language is understood only by a limited audience, which situates this practice somewhere ambiguously outside of Design.  Design enhances experience; so this project brings into knitting a new design format through design language and graphic interfaces that can be more readily understood by a wider audience.  This presents   knitting as more accessible and inclusive, promoting what makes Craft so  relevant today; a path to mutual self-sufficiency and inter-connectivity.

Melbourne Design Awards. Winner 2011

 

 

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Nikki Gabriel has a unique textile design career that spans across small artisan studio practice to industrial knitwear design roles in Australia.  Her qualifications in Textile and Knit Design began with undergraduate at RMIT University in Melbourne followed by Masters Degree at AUT in Auckland.  Currently she resides between Australia and New Zealand while she is undertaking a PhD Research Degree at RMIT University in Melbourne. She launched her own knitwear label in 2003, and since then has been commissioned by many high profile Australian designers for the design and production of bespoke knitted product for fashion, interiors, professional dance and theatre costume; collections that have travelled to Paris and New York Fashion Weeks.  Her work has been exhibited alongside Issey Miyake and Walter Van Beirendonck and she continues to produce her knitwear collections, which is supplied to select high-end fashion stores in limited quantities. 

Construction Knitting is a collaborative DIY design project, generated as a potentially wide reaching positive and sustainable form of fashion consumption.  The Construction Knitting concept has since been commissioned and published commercially for mainstream distribution, as well as through academic institutions as a learning tool.

 

 
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