I’m a textile historian, maker and knitting teacher with twelve years experience working professionally in the field of textile crafts, and about thirty five years experience of making them. I like investigating objects and am very inquisitive about the stories behind them. I research and write about textiles and haberdashery, and have a particular interest in the inter-war period, textiles for interiors and craft skills education. I can get awfully nerdy when researching textile techniques of the early 20th century.
I have written articles for PieceWork, Textile History, Take A Break, Simply Knitting magazine and knitonthenet amongst other publications. I’m also an ambassador for the Knitting Reference Library at Winchester School of Art.
I have an ongoing sock-art project called the Mrs Minivers, which goes on little exhibition tours every now and then and just to clarify, although I knit and exhibits art socks that nobody can wear, I do also design more practical garments and accessories sometimes too. You can see some of my latest patterns by visiting my Ravelry designer page.
After a stint in nursing, I went back to university in my mid twenties to study for a BA in Textile Art at Winchester School of Art and stayed on for an MA in Museums and Galleries, with a specialism on the History of Textiles and Dress from the Textile Conservation Centre, at the University of Southampton.
It was at Winchester that I found my love of working collaboratively when we held a group exhibition with work in pairs. This has gone from strength to strength with my collaboration across Twitter, #plateaknit, as part of the online performance group, @platea. If you’re interested in working in collaboration, drop me a line via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or catch me on Twitter or Instagram.
As well as all of the exciting stuff above, I also enjoy baking cakes, reading 1930s and ’40s novels, giggling at Tim Minchin, hula-hooping, listening to podcasts, spinning my own yarn and, of course knitting. Although not always at the same time.
Also having an alias (now that I’m married,) of Ingrid Babbidge, I work, write and make things from my home, in Hampshire, in the south of England where I live with my lovely photographer husband, Giles, our daughter and two cats.