Felicity Ford works with wool and sounds. Listening to Shetland Wool is an interactive online sound map of the Shetland wool industry, experienced via Ford’s hand-knitted woollen ‘speaker pillow’. Lambs and sheep call out, birds sing and caw, and weavers, ‘linkers’, wool-sorters and other wool workers talk about their work, alongside sounds of industry, and many different varieties of Shetland wind. The piece calls for a deeper consideration of the labour, communities and environments that produce our everyday materials. Ford argues for knitting to be recognised as a technical skill, as much as the often more highly regarded skill of coding. In her critically-acclaimed crowd-sourced book, KNITSONIK Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook (also on display), Ford demonstrates - through developing knitting motifs based on Victorian brickwork, A-roads and local weeds - how patterns can carry and transform information – be it via wool or a digital machine. Implicit in her works is an argument for work traditionally associated with the ‘feminine’ to be afforded equal status to activities commonly perceived as more ‘male’.