Knitwear sculptures keep campus cosy

Students have been left bemused this week following the appearance of odd, knitted creations across campus.

The “community-made knitted sculptures” were produced in celebration of the Yorkshire Year of the Textile, an arts project initiated by the newly launched Cultural Institute at the University.

Members of the public turned up in their hundreds to the “innovative” finger knitting sessions which were held in villages across Yorkshire, from Halifax to Howarthand.

The University community was also heavily involved in creating the canopies. Sessions were led by School of Design Teaching fellows and artists Jane Scott and Elizabeth Gaston. BA Textile Design students also participated alongisde attendees at workshops at The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery and ULITA – an archive of international textiles.

The Cultural Institute aims to further cultural engagement in Leeds, but may wish to consider its communication strategy in light of students’ confusion with regard to the wooly apparitions.

Sarah Berry

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