Egan O’Sullivan – Knit Tent

“Knit tent” is a tent sewn out of discarded knitted sweaters. The installation attempts to draw attention to present-day consumption and textile waste. The tent was made from around 90 used sweaters. The sweaters were discarded due to minor issues, shrinkage, stains and small holes, but there was still a large amount of reclaimable fabric which was used to create the large, hanging structure. The project exists within a craftivism context as it uses traditional craft techniques (quilting, knitting) to create a statement about the world we live in. The project’s aim is to send a message to think about our consumption patterns, and to disrupt the regular path of consumption that clothing usually goes through. Spectators are invited to walk into this large colourful tent.