Sam Meech is a digital artist and knitter, and lecturer in Graphic Design at Manchester School of Art. He combines a background in digital arts with a practice in textiles to create knitted animations, textile data visualisations and encrypted knitwear. Working in partnership with textile industry producers, and also through open-access workshops, he has create commissions for FACT (Liverpool, UK), Quartier Des Spectacles (Montreal, CA), and the Open Data Institute (London, UK). His large-scale ‘Punchcard Economy’ knitted banner was shown at HKW in 2015 as part of Transmediale 2015.
TRICOTYPE is the first ever type foundry for knitted letterforms
Join our workshop & help us create a new “typespace” where the art & craft of textiles collides with type design…
…on a knitting machine.
Workshop participants will design a letterform using traditional punchcard techniques and manufacture a knitted pattern sample to take home and keep.
During this process we discuss the pros & cons of the punchcard from a type design perspective & consider how to negotiate recognizable glyph structures within the limitations of a very low resolution design space.
The finished designs will be compiled into a patternzine that will make a contribution to the well-established tradition of self- publishing & pattern-sharing within the knitting community.
May 18 & 19 at 10.00 & 12.00
Six places per session
The workshop takes about 90 minutes.
Sign-up here – tinyurl.com/tricotype