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A richly diverse collection of the futuristic and the retrospective: Knitting Nottingham challenged popular perceptions of knitting as cosy and nostalgic; showcasing creative design, art, technology and research across a wide range of knit-inspired work from internationally renowned designers, artists and researchers.

As part of Nottingham Trent University’s 170 Years of Art and Design event series, it celebrated the transformational role played by Nottingham in the growth of the knitting industry and knit technology, and provoked a serious question: how far can we stretch our ideas about knitting?

The message was don’t get comfortable;  contrary to what we might think, the relationship between knitting and pushing the boundaries of technology is extremely close.

Stunning garments, 3D prints, performance footwear, knitted conductive textile technology, priceless historical artefacts, a tea set made from electro-plated knit, and working state-of-the-art knitting machinery were just some of the exhibits on show which demonstrated the innovative and challenging nature of knit today.

View a selection of images from the Knitting Nottingham exhibition by visiting the 170 years website.


As part of Nottingham Trent University’s celebration of 170 Years of Art and Design heritage, we supported  BBC Radio Nottingham’s Big Poppy Knit in support of the Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal.

A commemorative poppy specially designed by Sir Paul Smith was on show during the exhibition.

Exhibition Handout

Click here to download the exhibition handout

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Juliana Sissons spoke to BBC Radio Nottingham’s Alan Clifford about her ‘London’s Calling’ Vitrines exhibition and wider creative practice. It’s available to be listened to on the iPlayer for 28 days from today, here.