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By Hattie Kerrs, Aug 15 2017 03:06PM

I've almost finished working on this garment now for my exhibition in 4 and a half weeks. It's knitted in moss stitch from the fleeces of the Hebriddean sheep which live up at Breamfield overlooking Wirksworth. It's a sleeveless shawl collared waistcoat, the buttons will be made from the horns from the same sheep. I'm really excited about this particular garment as you can see the sheep from the middle of Wirksworth, so it feels extra local and especially authentic.

By Hattie Kerrs, Jul 3 2017 02:16PM

My exhibition 'Crafting Landscape: An Exploration into Site-Specific Making' is to open as part of the Wirksworth Festival. This wil be the culmination of practical work created as part of my Masters by Research project. The exhibition will contain the knitted garments, artefacts used to create them, a short film, as well as artist books and photographs. More details will follow.

By Hattie Kerrs, Jun 5 2017 11:18AM

Finally finishing off this garment, it's been 12 months since I started this one. Incredible how long it takes to create a piece from scratch, from sourcing, cleaning and sorting the fleeces, carding, spinning, scouring, dyeing, and endless rinses. This is before you even get to the knitting. I have a new found understanding of the value of clothing from before the industrialisation of yarn processing, and will probably darn this until the end of my days.

By Hattie Kerrs, Jun 5 2017 11:16AM

The Woad seed has germinated! During the past 12 months I have been gathering plant materials to use as dyes from the surrounding landscape. Yellows, oranges pinks and browns have all been found in abundance. Blue dye however is absent in our native flora, for this reason I decided to grow some Woad of my own. Grown in Europe since the Stone Age it has a long association with East Anglia, notably with Boudicca and the Iceni tribe who used woad to colour their faces before going into battle. I however will be dyeing wool with mine

By Hattie Kerrs, Apr 28 2017 10:35AM

I've been very quiet on here for quite some time having taken a bit of a break from my knitwear business. I am now over halfway in to my Masters by Research project based at Manchester Metropolitan University. Beginning in 2015 the project explores the relationship between craftspeople and landscape when working site-specifically. Identifying changes in the relationship between maker and their craft, through their deepening understanding of their material which is sourced and generated from their surroundings. The research hearkens back to rural crafts and enables an understanding of how intertwined the craftsperson becomes with landscape, and the community which inhabit it. This has involved the help from numerous people to find fleeces and dye materials, so thanks go to you all, you know who you are! As my research is now well underway I will soon be showing you some of the research outcomes but here is a taster