This Saturday I am going to an event hosted at the Shetland Museum and Archives which I am VERY excited about. It is called ‘Authenticity in Culturally Based Knitting‘. I have tried and failed before to explain some aspects about culture and knitting in relation to Shetland, and I’m really looking forward to seeing how some of the speakers approach it! I’m obviously extremely proud of my heritage – the fact I’m from Shetland is probably how some of you came to find me and it can be frustrating sometimes as to how Shetland, Shetlanders and Shetland knitting can be represented in books and online. Its also quite hard to verbalise how I feel without offending someone although that’s never my intention, but it is so important to me. I literally think about knitting all the time, (rock and roll) and its something which has become all consuming over the past 5 years.
The day’s description is: ‘The event will explore definitions of ‘traditional’ in Shetland knitwear design, the promotion, branding and marketing of ‘authentic’ Shetland knitwear, and how designers and industry are helped or hindered by a strong basis in heritage. These issues have implications for other types of craft, beyond textiles.’ Doesn’t that sound great? The speakers are a good bunch too:
- Professor Lynn Abrams, author of Myth and Materiality in a Woman’s World: Shetland 1800-2000;
- Roslyn Chapman who recently completed her PhD thesis on the knitted lace industry in Shetland;
- Curator, Dr Carol Christiansen;
- Frances Lennard, Senior Lecturer in Textile Conservation, University of Glasgow;
- Rhoda Hughson, Chairman of Unst Heritage Trust;
- Kathy Coull, wool producer on Fair Isle and Vice Chair of Shetland Tourism Association; and
- Helen Robertson, jewellery designer.
Happily the museum is going to live broadcast the event, you can find out more information here about half way down the page. So if you watch keep and eye out for me! I will try and come back after the event and give you my thoughts on the day
speak soon xx