The inspiration for Soft Bench was a public bench that had been on the housing estate artist and curator Trevor Pitt grew up on – now removed to make way for a car park. Trevor invited women from the Glebe Farm area of Birmingham, UK to join him, using their amazing knitting skills to make the covering for a different kind of public seating. The literature to accompany the sculpture was integral to the artistic vision.
We created a piece to look and feel as close as possible to a vintage knitting pattern, sourcing a thin paper stock that had an authentic feel. Original photography of the sculpture takes the place of models in knitwear. A flap reveals documentary photography of the piece on site; full knitting instructions and a printed rule complete the knitting pattern theme.
Full story – Supplement PLUS 14 – including other art-related projects from gallery identity to ‘one that got away’ – pitch work for a community based crafts project