The Knotwe Mission
The idea for Knotwe was sparked by the opportunity to pair my experience as an artist, art school instructor, and self-taught fiber enthusiast to build something outside of the traditional realm of knowledge production and into a hub that fuels curiosity and invention. Whether you are an artist, designer, fiber farmer, craft professional, wearable technology adventurer, or just an avid lover of all things fiber and textiles, Knotwe is intended to provide online learning, resources, news, reviews, nurture fiber craft traditions, examine how technology is engaging fiber in new directions and explore re-interpreted approaches to connecting international fiber communities. It is a long list but an exciting challenge ahead and you are invited!
Knotwe sees a unique hybrid fiber world that includes cutting-edge technological advancements in wearable technology, 3D printing and etextiles that are equally informed by traditional processes and generational understanding of materials, and raw-making deep seeded in the global craft heritage.
At the start of June 2014, we have launched what is now the fibertextilessurfacedesign-registry.com, a new innovative model for online membership dedicated to fibers, textiles, and surface design. Knotwe seeks to encourage connections & networking, showcasing fiber related artwork & products, utilize technology for face to face group meetings between an international array of fiber, textiles and surface design professionals and enthusiasts that will provide a platform for open exchange.
Knotwe as a printed material magazine is still in the works. We will announce soon the release date when all the necessary components have fused into the quality and vision that is at the core of Knotwe's mission.
I welcome you to send questions or ideas and share your portfolio or business with Knotwe.
Kari Britta Lorenson
Founder of Knotwe
Editor, Lead Contributor
Kari received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2010 and largely self-taught in her exploration of working with fibers. After teaching and founding the Fibers and Materials Study Lab at SVA NYC, she founded Knotwe to expand resources, information and on-line learning outside of the traditional boundaries.