Kandy Diamond! How Did You Do It?


DSCF1021-550x412 Here is Kandy Diamond presenting us with new dimensions in knitting.

As the last week of Kandy’s show ‘Death by Knitting’ approaches, many of you are still asking ‘How did she do it?’ I managed to interupt Kandy on her busy teaching and proffessional roller skating schedule, and ask her to kill the suspense, and answer the big questions, like,

” Often when visitors to Prick Your Finger view your new work, there is a point of confusion as to whether it is really knitted! Could it actually be true? Please could you tell us what it felt like when you first saw 3-D knitting emerge from your knitting machine. How was the journey into the new dimension? You have a lot of technical ability to make this work. How did you get there?”


“Yes, it’s most definitely knitted, and when the first poster was emerging from the knitting machine it felt amazing, but scary at the same time, I didn’t have my 3D glasses to hand so I couldn’t check if it had worked properly! I had done test pieces before so knew it should work but even the slightest change in stitch size/tension can really change the outcome of a piece.

The journey into the new dimension was challenging but fun. First I had to research into how 3D works and figure out how to get the best effects with anaglyph 3D, how to make the image seem like it’s coming forward/going back etc. I designed the posters using photoshop then worked with layers translating them into cyan and red then shifting the colours to create the 3D effect. The jpeg was then used along with CAD knit software to translate it to a knit design that can be programmed into the machine! ”


“There is quite a buzz about saving analogue film at the moment, Tacita Dean has a moving campaign, and you have presented us with an exciting roll through the shop. What do these technologies mean to you?”


“Analogue film is massively important, it is the foundation of all film making, like the hand knitting of the film world. As well as analogue film having such historical importance, it also has visual qualities that cannot be achieved digitally. The more I see every other new film coming out in 3D and HD, the more I just want to watch Calamity Jane or any other simple film, made with traditional methods, sets and props. Analogue feels much more human than digital to me, and I wanted to express this in my ‘spliced’ piece by adding hand stitch to the machine knitted pieces, also, to bring attention to the traditional methods of film editing that involved actual cutting up of film and sticking it back together. ”


“Viewers have gasped with excitement at your Zine ‘Death By Knitting’, and copies with their free 3D glasses have sold like hot cakes. I think it wrong of me to assume that their laughter was recognition of deathly acts in knitting, as I try to see knitters as beautiful people. I could of course be innocent and nieve. As our first knitting detective to make an art show at Prick Your Finger, what advice could you give our readers on avoiding murder in the knitting circle?”


“If you look at the zine and read about how the murders/incidents occur in the films studied, you’ll see that most of them are in self-defence, with the odd unhinged knitter in the mix…so, as long as you don’t get on the wrong side of your knitting circle, you should easily avoid any fatalities! You could also suggest that people use bamboo or plastic needles, I’m pretty sure they’re less dangerous than the metal kind. ”

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