Intestinal Knitting

4 September 2021


Venue: Antiuni Online: Virtual Classroom 1

Organiser: Rosina Godwin

Intestinal Knitting is an experimental knitting workshop, aiming to rethink the women’s craft association of knitting.

The workshop plays with the cosy associations of knitting, to challenge the traditional hierarchy of the arts, were painting and sculpture are viewed as high art, while knitting and embroidery is viewed as low art or craft.

In the same way as the arts, there is also a hierarchy of internal organs, with the heart and the brain more highly prized than waste processing organs, including bladders and intestines. Of all the internal organs, intestines evoke the greatest disgust, with their ability to pulverise, liquidise and vaporise matter to level all humans.

The social taboos and embarrassment surrounding the natural functioning of the intestine, may sadly account for Bowel Cancer being the 2nd largest cancer killer in the UK, with around 16,000* deaths per a year. However awareness of the symptoms and early detection significantly improves the survival rate. (*statistics from Bowel Cancer UK)

• Knitting simple tubes, using both flat and double pointed needles • Soft sculpture, and shaping your intestine. • Decorating your intestine with crochet villi

Suitable for all abilities, there will be with demonstration videos, diagrams of techniques, infographics and further ideas. Participants will be able to have online discussions with their peers and post images of their knitted creations.

Working with yarns and recycled materials, participants will be able to explore and make their own discoveries, while also learning practical skills. The emphasis is on making an experimental piece of artwork, although the techniques can be adapted to make garments or functional objects.

The session will be taught informally through a Facebook group, and will run throughout the duration on the Antiuniversity Festival (10am Saturday 4th – 11.59pm Friday 10th September), allowing participants to work at their own pace.