Jean Oberlander is a freelance knitted textile designer, researcher, writer and educator from Edinburgh who graduated from Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen then went on to complete an MA in Textiles from the Royal College of Art in 2019.

Her personal work focuses on how knitting can be a tool for memory, and combines the written word, drawing, research and making in a cyclical process that both uses, disregards and hacks traditional knitting techniques and patterns.

Her research gathers memories of colour, of knitting and of the metaphorical jumper, in order to capture the haziness of remembering and mis-remembering.

She has spoken a paper around the research on memory and knitting at the In the Loop 10 Knitting Conference, and continues to write in and around the softness of knitting.

Jean has worked in her local communities as a volunteer Guide Leader since 2011, committing time to help girls flourish and find their passions in life by passing on her knowledge in participatory arts and crafts and youth engagement.

She also co-runs a podcast called Soft Thoughts with Ruby Smith.

Her MA Research blog, unravelling, collected stories
of knitted jumpers and the love contained with them.

You can find press/media clippings here.


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