In the media

Read what others are saying about Keep & Share! The entries are listed in date order (most recent first), and can be sorted according to topic or type using the links in the menu.

This Golden Fleece

The revolution starts with (re)knitting
Esther Phoebe Rutter
'Not only is Twigger Holroyd’s skill with needles and yarn considerable – like a sculptor with a block of stone, she has a magic ability to see a new garment hidden within the folds and stitches of another – but her engagement with broader issues of art vs craft, individual creativity vs mass production, comes in the form of a call-to-arms. Not for nothing is the exhibition subtitled ‘The Reknit Revolution’; Twigger Holroyd urges us to turn our needles on mass market fashion and explore our own possibilities for creativity through reknitting.'

LSE Review of Books

Book Review: Hackerspaces: Making the Maker Movement by Sarah R. Davies
Siún Carden
'Davies connects the hackerspace/makerspace phenomenon with the twenty-first-century resurgence in textile crafts and all things handmade. While ‘no one is claiming that involvement in a quilting circle is going to prompt a new industrial revolution’ (143), to those familiar with the online world of non-digital fabrication, Thingiverse looks rather like Ravelry or Pinterest with knobs on. There are many areas of overlap: for example, the ‘hacker spirit’ (71) is epitomised by projects like Amy Twigger Holroyd’s ReKnit Revolution.'

Fashion Studies Journal

Folk Fashion for Fashion Folk
Rebecca Smith
Review of Folk Fashion: Understanding Homemade Clothes. 'Many of Amy’s conclusions lead the way to challenging the restrictive and prescriptive ways in which the fashion system dictates who we become with each seasonal collection produced. Folk Fashion offers us an alternative that may well point the way to creating sustainably both for individuals and for society-at-large.'

Selvedge online

Cathedral Cardigans
'Sustainable fashion is a hot topic on everyone’s lips these days, as more and more designers are opting for slower, more ethical approaches to their industry. And it’s not just the professionals who are advocating for a more sustainable means of production – consumers are also being encouraged to remain conscious of its environmental impact, with many now choosing to engage in the rising popularity of up-cycling through workshops and craft communities online. One fresh perspective on this shift comes from textiles researcher and knitter Amy Twigger Holroyd, who launches her first solo exhibition UNITS of Possibility: The Reknit Revolution at the Rugby Art Gallery in England later this month.'

Craft Research

Don’t get comfortable: A review of ‘Knitting Nottingham’, Bonington Gallery, Nottingham Trent University, 6–28 November 2014
Vanessa Brown
'Another practitioner's work, Amy Twigger Holroyd's, addresses community and skill-sharing in the push towards more sustainable clothing. Her exhibits displayed the creative potential of re-knitting and 'stitch-hacking' to create familiar yet refreshingly novel garments from existing ones.'

Product Lifetimes and the Environment (PLATE) Conference proceedings

Crafting sustainable repairs: practice-based approaches to extending the life of clothes
Angharad McLaren & Shirley McLauchlan
This paper explores the barriers to mending, different perspectives on the reasons behind them, suggested solutions and contemporary approaches to overcoming them - including discussion of my 'metadesign' approach to developing and sharing reknitting techniques.

The Communication Review

When Your Seams Get Undone, Do You Learn to Sew or to Kill Monsters?
Radhika Gajjala
'New domesticity—which is a return to a lifestyle that centers domesticity “in the service of environmentalism, DIY culture, and personal fulfillment”—is taking shape in mostly Westernized DIY spaces. New domesticity exists in a neoliberal and digital DIY ontology that distinguishes itself from the domesticity of previous generations while also making claims to a “return.” This essay lays out some key issues that need to be taken into account regarding this emerging form of Wi-Fi gadget facilitated public engagement through domestic space while noting how the issue of unwaged labor resurfaces in the context of digital labor by women.'

Prick Your Finger

Keep and Share Party
Rachael Matthews
'Amy Twigger Holroyd’s party to celebrate a decade of her research and making of knitwear was in full swing. People came from all over, while ‘The Backbone of Britain’ hung, looming in the long gallery.'

TRAID blog

Keep and Share - A 10 Year Anniversary
Sarah Klymkiw
Blog post about the celebration of the 10 year anniversary of Keep & Share at Prick Your Finger.

Keep & Share: the first ten years

Self-published pamphlet
Amy Twigger Holroyd
In August 2014, to celebrate the ten year anniversary of Keep & Share, I produced a 16-page pamphlet in which I look back at the development and evolution of my work. The printed version of the pamphlet was produced in a limited edition of 100 copies. An interactive version is also available to download.