Diversiknitty uses the medium of knitting to address issues of cultural appropriation, translation and emotional labour. The work is based on a vintage knitting design from the 1980s featuring the iconic ‘willow pattern’, an 18th century British imitation of Chinese visual culture. Translated into a contemporary context as a wearable sweater and documented in various settings, Diversiknitty explores themes of orientalism and the re-appropriation of cultural history for consumption. The sweater is made from 100% French merino wool, imported to Australia, and has taken the artist more than 100 hours to make by hand.
Diversiknitty was initially developed and presented as part of the Emerging Cultural Leaders showcase at Footscray Community Arts Centre, 2018. The full photo series will be released here in December 2018.