Norwegian artist creates 365 day knitting clock

Norwegian artist creates 365 day knitting clock

A Norwegian artist has brought a whole new meaning to the phrase 'a stitch in time' by designing a 365 day 'knitting clock'.

The timepiece uses almost 1,500ft of yarn to show the passing of time and knits one stitch every half an hour throughout the day.

Created by Siren Elise Wilhelmsen, the device adds one new row to the scarf every day and has been created to show the physical representation of time.

By the end of December the scarf should be an impressive 6ft 7in in length after a year of knitting.

The 365 day knitting clock is the final project for Miss Wilhelmsen's diploma and has been labelled "her big breakthrough".

She told museum Normann Copenhagen in an interview: "The diploma was called 'Everything Counts' so I started with the numbers and ended up with a clock.

"It is a very poetic approach. What I wanted was to show the nature of time in a different way. It's showing time at the present, but is also showing the time that has been and showing the time that is coming."

The 30-year-old designer from Bergen graduated from the Berlin University of Art in 2010, with her clock idea winning the Time to Design prize and gaining to worldwide praise.

Ms Wilhelmsen has recently been shortlisted as a finalist in the German Design Award after winning the Norwegian Award for Young Designers 2012 in September.

Rather than being content with traditional knitwear design she recently told Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten that each of her pieces must be functional, sustainable and with an element of humour.

"For me to take it further it has to trigger something in me. I often start projects not knowing if they are going to work or not… I find design interesting when it is risky and challenging. To me design is science," she explained.

Prototypes of the knitting clock have been sent to Japan in the hopes of it being mass produced and Ms Wilhelmson has more recently made eight standing grandfather versions of the clock.

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