Inspiration

Photography highlight: Shirley Baker

I came across the photographer Shirley Baker through my research into childrenswear of the 20th century. Her street photography in the working-class neighbourhoods of 1950s Manchester strikes at something essential in my exploration of nostalgia. Despite the vastly different landscape – the slum clearances, the visible poverty, the overcrowding – these photographs are instantly relatable. The attitudes and movements of the children at play, the way the mothers stand in relation to each other, the way the sunlight falls.
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Inspiration

Welcome to humbleknit

This project is born out of my Master’s work on the role of nostalgia in emotional design. Through an innovative design methodology that repurposes visual analysis techniques to explore principles of¬†kansei¬†design, I am creating a capsule collection of cross-generational knitwear that aims to spark connection through a heritage that is simultaneously personal and shared. By accessing both archival inspiration and family heritage through photographs and memories, I believe that a robust archive of craft can be perpetuated while also creating connection between practitioners and users.

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