I created the character Lorna HB who is a knitting, rapping MC. I’m keen to break down the stereotypes associated with who knits. The film features cameo appearances from knitwear designers, Brandon Mably and Kaffe Fassett.
The lyrics are an updated version of a traditional rhyme shown below used to teach children to knit.
In through the front door
Around the back
Out through the window
And off jumps jack.
It was mostly shot on an iPhone SE and edited in Apple’s iMovie.
‘Knitting Ain’t Wack’ was selected for the Crafts Council’s 2017 ‘Real to Reel’ film festival.
Real to Reel, is the UK’s first festival dedicated to craft and the moving image, is presented by Crafts Council and Crafts Magazine in partnership with Picturehouse Central.
I was honoured to be featured on the festival’s trailer and on page 16, of issue No. 266, May/June – Crafts Magazine.
After the debut screening in London, the Real to Reel festival went on tour to the National Festival of Making in Blackburn. In September the festival will head out to South Korea for the Cheongju Craft Biennale 2017.
The film has been well-received being describe by the Crafts Council as ‘It’s kind of brilliant‘. I aim to continue challenging the stereotypes of who knits and encouraging more people to take up the craft.