Over the past year, we have started conversations with knitters across the country. We have held initial zoom and in-person meetings with all to gauge their presence on screen and approach to communication and sharing. Additionally, we are in touch with various shop owners, refurbishers, magazine publishers, educators, students and more who may support the project as it grows.
Annie Lee Larson
Knitter, Author, Educator
Knitter, Author, Educator
DEGEN // Knit.Club
The Knit Knack Shop
“The Domestic Machine” juxtaposes the knitters of older generations with knitters of younger ones. Throughout the film, we will meet people in both groups, in their homes and workspaces. The film will conclude with a gathering of everyone: A cross-generational bridge founded on a shared love and commitment to a niche craft.
Produced in collaboration between Craftwork Collective and Indigo Collective, our team has diverse backgrounds and skills. We also have a history of collaborating with one another on various projects and have honed working methods that support effective teamwork and exciting output.
Nicole Yi Messier
Director of Photography
Nick Jaco Collins
& Nicole Yi Messier
Nicole Yi Messier is an esteemed creative technologist and new media artist;
Victoria Manganiello is a distinguished artist and professor of textiles. And in their work, as educators and community organizers, they have developed self-taught practices within the scope of the other's field of expertise. Years of friendship and collaboration have been spent skill swapping, sharing techniques in weaving, programming, and design work. Further, their shared passion for intersecting histories (and futures) of textiles and technology is what sparked the curiosity they found in machine knitting. Embarking on this journey, which is somehow a celebration of the larger ways crafters have always utilized community and dialogue to preserve their knowledge for future generations, examines how the internet has somehow become a location for knitters to know one another and make, together despite sometimes vast physical distance; Victoria and Nicole see technology as the future for textiles and just as clearly, they see textiles as the future for technology.
Craft Enthusiasts from various media will be interested in the ways craft is discussed and documented; They will be excited to see their own and adjacent communities being spotlighted.
Feminists and others interested in reimagining what "women's work" can be will naturally engage with this story and the vantage points it creates for understanding feminized work.
Internet Fanatics along with other unconventional storytellers will be excited to see a niche and unique form of information archiving and join our speculative conversation around what an archive can be.
Those Given to Nostalgia or whom long for a time past will appreciate the cross-generational kinship celebrated in this film.
According to a 2019 consumer behavior report reported by Google, "how-to" and "DIY" videos are among the most popular categories on YouTube, with over 500 million views per day.
Additionally, the report found that searches for "DIY" and related terms have increased by 70% in the past year. This trend is likely due, in part, to the growing popularity of crafting and domestic arts as hobbies, as well as the increasing accessibility of online resources and tutorials for these activities.
There are just a few documentaries that tell the stories of knitting including "Handmade: A Celebration of Craftsmanship" (2011), "Knitting the American Story" (2015), "The Knitting Circle" (2018), but none of them touches on machine knitting or digital craft communities.