A feast for the eyes of all knitters, crochet fans, yarn-bombers and crafters, our colourful summer exhibition explores the creative ways in which people, both past and present, have made use of yarn, thread and wool.
Knitwits includes items from the Museum’s extensive costume and archival collections, including a 17th century sock, “make do and mend” pamphlets and clothing, as well as more modern knitted fashions. The Museum is also pleased to include examples of knitted and crocheted creations, kindly sent in by the talented residents of Horsham District.
The exhibition will display knitted creations from artists such as Materialistics and Max Alexander. Materialistics are a group of knitters and stitchers, ranging from novices to experts, who enjoy practising skills in creative ways, using recycled materials whenever possible. Horsham Museum has borrowed four of Materialistics’ pieces, which have reproduced iconic works of art through knitting, crochet and sewing such as The Great Wave inspired by Hokusai, The Kiss inspired by Gustav Klimt and Marilyn Monroe inspired by Andy Warhol.
Also on show are a selection of knitted moths by London-based artist, Max Alexander. Max started knitting moths in 2014 and has since expanded her range to include framed artworks, jewellery and cards. The moths are all hand knitted with Shetland wool, and each one is based on a real species of moth.
If the exhibition inspires your children to get crafty, the Museum will host a fun workshop during the summer holidays to for kids to learn how to make their own woolly creations.