A Unique Clock Manifests Time Into Warm Knitted Goodness
Ah, time. So fleeting. So precious. So ephemeral. Sigh
Well… enough of that. However, it is fascinating how time can pass, and oftentimes, we have nothing to show for it. With the recent critical acclaim surrounding Christian Marclay’s 24-hour video work The Clock (which won the Golden Lion at the 2011 Venice Biennale), it’s no mystery that the manifestation and exploration of time is something that our little human bird-brains have a piqued interest in because of our complete lack of control over it.
German designer Siren Elise Wilhelmsen has taken a more DIY approach to exploring the passing of time. According to Wilhelmsen, time is a concept which unites us all and 365 is his approach in attempting to understand it. Rather than displaying minutes and hours, 365 is a conceptual timepiece that literally knits non-stop around the clock for 365 days, 24 hours a day. Once a full year has passed, the knitting clock will have created a wearable two-meter scarf to remember the year by.
365 seeks to give a physical embodiment to the change of time. Like the way our hair, bodies, or nails grow, the same idea is found in Wilhelmsen’s work which translates time through the growth of knitted material.
365 houses a circular knitting machine with 48 needles, a thread spool, a thread holder, and roll of yarn. The inner workings of the clock then tick (and stitch) in a clockwise direction with one 24-hour period leading to a complete round. When speaking about his clever clock design, Wilhelmsen says, “the past can be carried out in the future and the upcoming year is hiding in a new spool of thread, still unknitted.”
Photos by Miriam Lehnart.