June Minnesota Knitters’ Guild Meeting
June 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
An Evening With Abbie Kenyon
What kind of world would we live in if we followed our passions with curiosity and abandon?
In this talk, we’ll hear from Abbie Kenyon, a knitter who spent the winter at the Icelandic Textile Center, located in the rural northwestern corner of Iceland. We will learn about her experience as an artist-in-residence, her thoughts on the question above, and how the role of knitting has evolved in her life: from the empowerment of creating handmade textiles, to a key player in the question of fashion sustainability.
Abbie Kenyon is a Minneapolis-based clothesmaker and a lifelong avid knitter. She began designing her own knitting patterns in 2015 after graduating from Minneapolis College with a degree in Apparel Design. She views pattern designing as a way to explore dimension with the hands and to engage in a fun mental challenge! She has designed patterns for all types of garments, from shorts to swimsuits.
In her recent work, Abbie has played with knitting as a means of upcycling or restyling existing garments. She uses repurposed fabric and yarn to create zero-waste wearable art pieces and aims to spark a conversation about the lifecycle of clothing. She loves teaching and empowering others to knit and create their own textiles because she believes knitting makes the world a better place.