Cast-offs is a site-specific installation of hand knitting conceived for the grounds of the Inverness County Centre for the Arts (ICCA) for the exhibition Interlacing Conversations, August 30 to September 20, 2015 in Inverness, Nova Scotia. In the spring of 2016, I plan to install the work again somewhere in Alberta.

  • castoffs-01
  • castoffs-kids-04
  • castoffs-03
  • castoffs-04
  • castoffs-kids-01
  • castoffs-05
  • castoffs-02
  • castoffs-kids-03
  • castoffs-06

Images provided by Robyn Love, Steven Rankin and Elizabeth Whalley

Cast-offs is composed of more than fifty hand-knit, flat wool ”drawings” of hats, socks, long underwear and mittens. Knitters in Cape Breton and Alberta have lent their hands and ingenuity to the creation of individual pieces based on a set of knitting patterns created for the project.


Cast-offs is intended to evoke a sense of whimsy and fragility against the backdrop of a dramatic and ever-changing landscape. Were these pieces blown from a laundry line or off someone’s back? During the installation the knitting frays, fades and stretches, pulling away its mooring – a material metaphor for perseverance and ultimately our own mortality in a landscape much older than ourselves.

I want to extend a very special thank you to the knitters who helped to create this work including:

Emma Bass, Callie Beller, Cynthia Baughman, Rachel Bennett, Dorothy Burton, Rose Cameron, Christine Campbell, Carolyn Davis, Louise Delisle, Christine Duncan, Jennifer Duncan, Meaghan Durieux, Rui Gao, Lorna Gladman, Jasmine Heim, BJ Korson, Julia Krueger, Robyn Love, Bernadette MacLeod, Donna Merithew Lucas, Alicia Peres, Christina Pickles, Brier Reid, Claire Sherwood, Megan Slater, Janice Taylor, Elizabeth Whalley and residents at the Iverary Manor in Inverness, Nova Scotia.

(If you knit pieces for this project and do not see your name here, please email