Authors of knitted material – lecture by Steinunn

I felt really inspired after the lecture Steinunn Sigurðardóttir designer held on Wednesday last week. I found her perspective on design and her material, fascinating, and made me think that somehow her design is maybe more pure than many others designers, because she doesn’t buy ready made fabrics to work with, like many do. She makes the fabric by buying the thread and knitting the fabric or garment either by hand or with a machine. She said this wonderful sentence “designers are authors of the material by knitting” which I thought was very true. Then I thought of my second Zeitgeist blog post about knitted fashion and how alot of the knitted garments out there are made from a pattern somebody else designed. Could then the people who knit after other peoples patterns be called authors? Will there always be some characteristic from that knitter in the garment even though they follow the pattern exactly? Or can you only be an author of the material if you knit something entirely made in your mind? But isn’t your mind always riddled with influences from society so is the idea really yours?

I leave here a link of her website where you can see all her beautiful collections:

http://www.steinunn.com/

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2 thoughts on “Authors of knitted material – lecture by Steinunn

  1. „Could then the people who knit after other peoples patterns be called authors? Will there always be some characteristic from that knitter in the garment even though they follow the pattern exactly?“

    No, I wouldn‘t call them authors. There is a difference between taking something and copying it and taking something and altering it, although in both cases you are creating a new piece of clothing.

    „Or can you only be an author of the material if you knit something entirely made in your mind? But isn’t your mind always riddled with influences from society so is the idea really yours?“

    I would say that there is something between the nothing and the everything. Or we could say that the idea is yours until somebody proves otherwise. 😉

  2. What makes the creation of fabric and garments more “pure” than those who use yard goods? What of those designers who might design the fabrics and patterns but do not personally make them? Or are they perhaps does each style present different challenges, which may not be better or worse?

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