Amy Twigger Holroyd’s party to celebrate a decade of her research and making of knitwear was in full swing. People came from all over, while ‘The Backbone of Britain’ hung, looming in the long gallery. The Back Bone of Britain was origionally made by Amy’s Nana, and then sculpted into it’s present form by Amy. Smelling of that smell of acrylic knitting, made with clean hands, washed in carbolic soap, it may have been packaged in a draw serviced with lavender bags, a moth ball, and perhaps some sealed plastic. It now hung comfortably, nestling in it’s own oxters, and inviting it’s audience to formation dance.
When Sally Anne first went ‘In’ she said it was like a bad dream. The acrylic overwhelmed her and she imagined the horror of wearing all 20 cardigans at once.
But then she realised just how much care, and generosity of time had gone into the stitches. That made her feel better.
That thought actually made her feel quite at home.
Prof. Sandy Black commented how wonderful it was that all the cardigans fitted together so well. The arms were perfect fitting jigsaw pieces. Sally Anne realised she could try on all the cardigans at once, some up right some upside down, and suddenly even the colours stopped clashing.
There are many ways to interact with this piece.
Amy’s Nana, created a support structure which continues to inspire. This is a structure of endurance, with high standards, and usefulness. The garments can not be worn, (for reasons that are obvious on touching) but they still exude warmth if you look in the right way. The warmth is the story. No colour is bad, no knitting is bad, and ideas never die.