Hello everyone

Just to let you know that NEPHRA are teaming up with Sheffield born artist and videosmith, Sam Meech, to explore machine knitting.

Sam and your regular community ICT tutor and machine knitter, Iris Cooper – will be running 10 x 3 hour sessions starting Thursday 10th October 2.00pm to 5.00pm. Anyone with an interest in machine knitting is invited to come along. Perhaps you are thinking of returning to machine knitting after a long absence, or maybe you would simply like to have a go on a knitting machine? If so, the sessions are open to all ages and aim not only to cover the basics but give you the confidence to move forward with the craft.

They’ll also be looking at ways in which machine knitted fabrics can be used. Bringing machine knitting into the 21st century, Sam and Iris will demonstrate how they have breathed new life into an old electronic knitting machine, enabling it to ‘talk’ to a modern computer and produce knitted digital images like the ones below:

Original digital image
Original digital image
Pixels converted to stitches
Converting pixels into stitches
Transfer the image to the machine
Transferring the image to the machine
Knitting the image
Knitting the digital image
The finished portrait
The finished portrait
The portrait in detail
The portrait in detail

For those without machines there will be a small selection set up for use during the sessions, but if you wish to bring your own, please call Bren on 07745 502 526 to reserve your space. Sessions will take place at NEPHRA HQ, 27 Parkfield Road North, New Moston, Manchester, M40 3TB.

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