1 Mastectomy Caregiver

2 knitting samples for Mastectomy Caregiver

3 knitting machine at Knitwear Lab

Yinka modelling for Mastectomy Caregiver

5 knitting samples for Reckless Knits

6 Reckless Knits

7 developing session at Textielmuseum Tilburg

01. Structural knitting (Mastectomy Caregiver & Reckless Knits)

Knitting techniques have caught my interest because they allow to shape a textile without any cutting involved. If knitted with precision, the yarn can be looped in any shape one can think of. As a designer interested in textile, this meant endless possibilities which I started to explore with my own projects.

Mastectomy Caregiver (2019, Graduation Design Academy Eindhoven) is the creation of adapted knitwear for women who experienced a mastectomy during their breast cancer treatment. Structural knitting as well as a play between tight and loose stitches are used as techniques to knit a protective volume around the bust and the arm area.

A software model was specifically programmed to create the sweater. I collaborated with industrial knitting experts from the company Knitwear Lab in Almere in order to develop this program and develop an extended material research.

This project is supported by Knitting Holland and Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie.

Reckless Knits (2018) is a project realized in the context of the textile minor of the Design Academy Eindhoven. French textile designer Naéma d’Hérouville and I developed funky 3D-knitted skating protections together with the industrial knitting experts from the TextielMuseum Tilburg.