Liz Collins. Image of Knitting Nation participants.
Liz Collins is an artist and designer, recognized internationally for her use of machine knitting to create ground breaking clothing, textiles, and installations. She also is an Associate Professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she received RISD’s alumni association award for Art and Education in 2009.
Collins is a 2006 United States Artists Target Fellow in Crafts and Traditional Arts and has since 2001 been a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
Her work was included in the celebrated exhibition Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting at the Museum of Arts and Design in 2007; Evolution/Revolution at the RISD Museum of Art in 2008; and is included in the books Fashioning Fabrics: Contemporary Textiles in Fashion (Black Dog Publishing, 2006), written by Elyssa Da Cruz and edited by Sandy Black; Knitknit: Profiles + Projects from Knitting’s New Wave (Stewart Tabori & Chang, 2007), by Sabrina Gschwandtner and Kiriko Shirobayashi; and Designing a Knitwear Collection: From Inspiration to Finished Garment (Fairchild Books, 2008), by Lisa Donofrio and Marylin Hefferen.
In 2005 Collins created the multi-media, site-specific installation and performance project KNITTING NATION as a response to working in the textiles and fashion industries, and has staged several exciting, large-scale events involving a small army of uniformed knitters and manually operated knitting machines.
In fall 2011 she will stage two events at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, as part of Helen Molesworth’s Dance/Draw exhibition.