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Textiles, community and controversy: the knitting map

Textiles, community and controversy: the knitting map

Gilson, Jools, editor; Moffat, Nicola, editor

Taking a major textile artwork, The Knitting Map, as a central case study, this book interrogates the social, philosophical and critical issues surrounding contemporary textile art today. It explores gestures of community and controversy manifest in contemporary textile art practices, as both process and object. Created by more than 2,000 knitters from 22 different countries, who were mostly working-class women, The Knitting Map became the subject of national controversy in Ireland. Exploring the creation of this multi-modal artwork as a key moment in Irish art history, Textiles, Community and Controversy locates the work within a context of feminist arts practice, including the work of Judy Chicago, Faith Ringold and the Guerilla Girls. Bringing together leading art critics and textile scholars, including Lucy Lippard, Jessica Hemmings and Joanne Turney, the collection explores key issues in textile practice from gender, class and nation to technology and performance

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Published London: Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Jools Gilson, Nicola Moffat
ISBN: 1350027502, 9781350027503
Physical Description: 240 pages : illustrations (colour)
Subject: Handicrafts, decorative arts & crafts; Crafts.; History of art; Fashion & textiles; European history; half/angel (Firm). Knitting map.; Fiberwork.; Textile artworks; Art and society.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781350027510


  1. Introduction
  2. Nicola Moffat
  3. Navigation, nuance and half/angel's Knitting Map
  4. Jools Gilson
  5. The entangled map and Irish Art
  6. Fionna Barber
  7. The Knitting Map and the media
  8. Rachel Andrews
  9. Busywork: The real thing
  10. Lucy R. Lippard
  11. The edge of the Map
  12. Nicola Moffat
  13. Knitting after making: What we do with what we make
  14. Jessica Hemmings
  15. Textures of performance: Rethinking The Knitting Map
  16. Róisín O'Gorman
  17. Whereabouts uncertain: Reading subversion in half/angel's The Knitting Map in Cork, Ireland and Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
  18. Deborah Barkun
  19. On seeing, still
  20. Bernadette Sweeney
  21. The voices of Cork: Cartography, landscape and memory in The Knitting Map
  22. Kieran McCarthy
  23. Puns and needles: Reactions to The Knitting Map in 2005
  24. Sarah Foster
  25. Stitched up?: The Knitting Map in context
  26. Joanne Turney
  27. Alchemy for beginners: The Knitting Map and other primes
  28. Richard Povell
  29. Afterword
  30. Jools Gilson
  31. Endnotes
  32. References
  33. Index
  34. About the authors
  35. Contributors