Postcards from 2021

Alma Thomas inspired watercolours - red brushmarks on a blue ground, painted during an online art class with Scarlett

Happy New Year! I’ve been enjoying the quiet days between Christmas Day and New Year, and using this slowed-down in-between time to think about the year that’s been, and the one to come. I thought it would be fun to turn one photo from each month into a postcard. Dear January – we have made […]

KNITSONIK Holiday Shipping Dates

Hello, Today I want to give you all a heads-up about holiday closures at shop.knitsonik.com and to manage your expectations around festive holiday shipping. As many of you will know, KNITSONIK LTD. is a one-disabled-woman operation, which means that if you buy anything from my online shop, it is me who sends it out to […]

Woman Blue – Elevate

Remember the Yarnadelic Remixes 0.1 project mentioned a few posts back? Today I want to announce the amazing commission produced by the artist Lorna Hamilton-Brown as part of this project. Lorna’s new work – Woman Blue – Elevate – is a powerful creative response to our work with punch-cards for music-boxes, and to our research […]

Why Brickwork

closeup of the Think Like An Artist cowl featuring zigzag patterns inspired by Reading's brickwork

There’s a feeling of calm following what has been a busy time completing work on my Knit Stars 6 Masterclass Handout. It ended up pretty much being a book. What can I say? By the time you write introductory text plus short biographies for twelve artists, then add twelve charts in black and white and […]

Limitations

Componium punch-card with the light filtering through the punched-notes (holes) and lots of grid space where there are no holes.

One of many things which makes listening to music so beautiful is space around the notes. The rests, the pauses, the silence, in which pitches and rhythms sound, hang, resonate. On our punch-cards for our componiums, such space shows up as unpunched card, and you get loads of areas where nothing happens. Against the gridded […]

COVID-19 diaries

Last week Mark started to feel rough – temperature, coughing, sleepy, upset tummy, lack of taste etc. – and on Saturday, I joined in with mostly coughing and feeling bunged up, groggy and really, really tired. Also I noticed that my customary fortifying stove-top espresso tasted of nothing. On Saturday the PCR test Mark had […]