I am an artist and I work with wool and sounds. The obsession in combining these materials began in 2007 when I knitted a sound system and played the sounds of making my dinner through it. The speaker system was made of 32 miniature speakers, soldered together by me, and individually covered in knitting. From the moment I cast off, pressed play, and pushed a soft speaker playing sizzling onions to my ears, I knew I was on to something.
I am interested in everyday things, women’s history and labour, and the home as a specific site of meaning. I explore these obsessions through recording, podcasting, hand-knitting, radio-making, dyeing, spinning, and writing. You can get the gist of what my work is about by listening to my podcast over at KNITSONIK.COM or by reading my blog at THEDOMESTICSOUNDSCAPE.COM.
Domestic themes preoccupy my work, and domestic sounds inform it. Commissions include Sonic Wallpapers (funded by Museum of Domestic design and Architecture) in which historic wallpapers were explored through sound; a soundtrack for a 1930s antenatal care film, Bathing & Dressing, (funded by The Wellcome Library and The British Film Institute); and a more recent edition of the original hand-knitted sound-system, Hûrd A KNITSONIK™ PRODUKTION, which combines wool and sounds taken from Cumbrian sheep farms (funded by The Wool Marketing Board and Rheged Art Gallery).
You can read about my practice in this book
You can listen to radio shows I have produced for the framework:afield radio show here
You can buy the DVD featuring my first film soundtrack here
You can find my knitting patterns online, through Ravelry here
Thank you for stopping by :)
Photo of Felicity Ford with Shetland Wool-clad speaker © Pier Corona and used with kind permission