My Place is a project where designers use their knitting to explore their sense of place in the world
In 2021, talented designers took us to intriguing locations to discover their place
We travelled with Virginia Sattler-Reimer to Gitchi-Gami and the shores of Lake Superior
We explored a golden age of Irish Art with Eimear Earley
The colours of Mary O’Shea’s design turned with her, through the seasons
Rebecca Osborn reflected on the changing climate of the Canadian Arctic, and her place in a landscape that’s both fragile and resilient
Nicole Wagler taught us about eighteenth-century porcelain, and her sense of place in Messien
Out of the woods
Outi Kater was inspired by Finnish childhood winters and restorative woodland spaces
Journey of mind
Diana Niedobova wrote frankly and courageously about how her experience of depression informs her sense of place
Christina Campbell discovered that her sense of place involved absence and presence -simultaneously
At a time of personal loss, Bonnie Sennott found inspiration in the seasonal colours and rhythms of a local farm
My Place is all about giving designers space
To share their work and creative process here, in their own words
We enjoyed My Place so much we decided to do it again!
Would you like to share your place with us?
My Place 2022
Could you design a hat inspired by your place in the world (however you define it?)
All you need to do is:
Photograph your hat and write a short description, explaining its inspiration.
Post the image and description in the My Place thread in our Ravelry group or send it to us by email: email@example.com
Closing date for entries: Monday November 1st, 2021.
Winning entries will be posted here, on the KDD blog in Spring, 2022
We specifically encourage submissions from:
* designers from under-represented / marginalised groups (BIPOC, disabled, LGBTQ+)
* designers on low or limited incomes (eg: carers, students)
* designers at the very beginning of their careers
To encourage submissions from under-represented groups, the My Place competition includes a yarn support scheme. It is for you to decide whether you, as an individual, “need” to apply for yarn support under this scheme. All you’ll have to pay for is the shipping for your yarn (charges will be minimal, wherever in the world you are).
Note that any application to the scheme will be accepted by us without question, judgment or requirement for explanation.
To apply for yarn support under the scheme
Please send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with “My Place” as the subject heading, including:
*a short written description of your planned design
*a sketch suggesting its final appearance
*an estimate of the yarn required (eg, the number of shades required to knit your hat)
On receipt of your application
We’ll let you know which shade(s) of yarn are available for you to knit your sample, and issue you with a Paypal invoice to ship your yarn. Once your shipping invoice is paid, we will ship your yarn to you, and you can get straight to work on your My Place design!
Please note that:
shade choices under this scheme are limited; final decisions about shades and yarn quantities assigned to each applicant are made by us, and that yarn support under this scheme will only be available for the first 100 designer applicants (or until we run out of yarn), whichever happens first and applying for the scheme constitutes your assurance that the yarn support that we provide will be used for the purpose of creating a design sample for the My Place competition, to be submitted by the deadline.