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Janet Merewether, 30 sec, Australia, 2004. Digital Video

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Produced and Directed by: Janet Merewether
Lighting: Jackie Farkas
Thanks: Helen Hooper, Angela Knight, Mary and Morris's mums, Michelle Murch,
John Murphy, James Quoyle, Jane Richens, Lucy Turner, UTS, Toni Vrisakis and to all the unknown knitters whose talent and skill provided the cast for this film.
SBS Independent: Commissioning Editor: Glenys Rowe
ACMI: Executive Producer: Clare Stewart
ACMI: Production Manager: Philippa Campey
© Janet Merewether

ARTV: produced with the assistance of ACMI and SBS Independent


Janet Merewether's comic portrait series of knitted dolls illuminates the unpredictable, shabby beauty of found objects and gleefully appreciates the individual, creative application of this traditional craft form.

Biography - Janet Merewether

Born lives and works in Sydney.

Merewether is a film director and media artist who has studied at Sydney College of the Arts and Australian Film Television and Radio School, and is completing her master's at the University of Technology, Sydney. Her award-winning short films and videos have screened in numerous festivals internationally including the New York Film Festival. Her latest film, Short Before the Movie, premiered at the New Directors/New Films festival at MoMA, New York. She is currently developing a documentary entitled Jabe Babe: A Heightened Life and completing her short film Palermo: 'History' Standing Still. Retrospectives of her work have screened in Berlin, Boston, Seoul and Taipei.

Artist Statement - Janet Merewether

'Knit-face "toys" with the idea of the portrait in a pluralist society. A variety of handcrafted and well-loved knitted toys pose for a photographer. These characters are as diverse, imperfect and expressive as their human creators. The video plays with the idea of craft as a low-tech, inexpensive and accessible form of art, and aims to document the skills and aesthetic qualities of women's knitting works, which is, in our consumer age, a rare treasure.'

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