Sunday, October 16
11 am–5 pm
Friday, November 25
11 am–9 pm
Free with gallery admission
|Liz Collins, Knitting Nation 3, 2006. Courtesy of the artist.|
LIZ COLLINS: Knitting Nation
Textile artist and fashion designer Liz Collins, along with her army of volunteer knitters, take over the ICA’s Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater. Part ongoing collaborative performance, part site-specific installation project, Knitting Nation explores aspects of textile and apparel manufacturing, serving as commentary on how we interact with machines, global manufacturing, trade and labor, iconography, and fashion.
Don’t miss this series of multi-sensory performances, the first presentations of Knitting Nation in a theater setting. In Phase 7: Darkness Descends, five performers are dramatically spot-lit on a dark stage, heightening the presence of the ongoing drone of the manually operated machines as the knitters perform, while Phase 8: Under Construction engages the theme of line in Dance/Draw through the complex interplay of lines across eight knitting machines stationed on various levels of scaffolding.
Liz Collins is recognized internationally for her use of machine knitting to create ground-breaking clothing, textiles, and 3-D installations. After five years as an independent designer of seasonal ready-to-wear collections in NYC, Collins returned to RISD as an Associate Professor in the Textile Department. A member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Collins was has been cited by The New York Times as a creator of “brilliantly crafted” garments and a “designer with many industry accolades.”