The art of textile making is one of the world’s oldest, a pursuit that has followed practically every civilization since the dawn of mankind. With the potential for functionality and beauty, textiles have served both our physical and emotional needs, weaving together generations, communities and entire cultures through their communicative and connective power. We here at Design*Sponge don’t think we’re alone in saying we love a good textile. In recent years, we have seen the art of textile making, especially in our own locales, experience something of a renaissance—friends, family members and some of our favorite artists have taken up the loom, the knitting needle, or the sewing machine to take part in this timeless craft. Still, despite this resurgence of textile interest, these works have often taken a backseat to other art and design objects, their importance minimized in comparison to art forms favored by the Western tradition, their appreciation relegated to tight-knit online communities and the aisles of craft stores. This is why we are so thrilled to see a new, fresh face on the indie publishing scene—Knit Wit, a lifestyle magazine dedicated entirely to the love and appreciation of textile arts and design.
Founded by friends Zinzi Edmundson and Gigi Jack, Knit Wit promises to be a textile publication like no other. Decidedly au courant in terms of style and design, the magazine eschews long-held presumptions about textile arts, media and makers. “We’re repelled by the cutesy; we’re fatigued by the heady,” the magazine’s manifesto reads. “We are a lifestyle-driven art and craft publication that celebrates the people and objects in this dynamic and growing community. It’s a beautifully put-together collection of photos and stories for all interested parties: the master, hobbyist, or newcomer alike.” The 108-page inaugural issue of Knit Wit is set to hit newsstands this November, but in the meantime, you can secure one of these bad boys by donating to Knit Wit’s ongoing Kickstarter fund drive! —Max