Knitter’s Tapestry

Daniela K. Rosner & Kimiko Ryokai

Knitting takes place in many different environments: social, private, and public. But a knit fabric cannot tell the story of the knitter’s journeys. What if the material could record and playback these memories? Our experimental dress is knit with recordable magnetic tape that travels with the knitter and captures the knitter’s experience as she knits. With every stitch, the tape is pulled out of the knitter’s companion basket and records the knitter’s environment, creating both a dress and a tapestry of memories. Simultaneously, the tape is ripped out at the end of the dress and fed back into the knitter’s basket, playing back the past before being re-recorded. This project explores the preservation of the creative process embodied in the artifact.