Just over two weeks ago I journeyed down to Bournemouth on the South coast of England to conduct a hand knitted swimsuit experiment which was to be filmed by the BBC as part of a documentary they are making tentatively called Handmade Britain.
The experiment was to be conducted at Boscombe beach which is a truly beautiful typically british beach with a pier, crashing waves, white sand and beach huts. Perfect.
|Beach Huts at Boscombe|
Amazingly, the wonderful Fleur, who some may remember, modelled for the first volume of A Stitch in Time, very kindly agreed to take part.
|Fleur in Sun ray ribbing from A Stitch in Time Vol 1|
I wore my Princess Twinset and Crowning Glory beret all from Coronation Knits along with a vintage 1950s skirt and my Rocket Original sandals in navy blue - all very nautical!
Later that afternoon the BBC arrived. The crew consisted of the Producer, the camera man, and Thea, the researcher, runner and production assistant.
And so, filming began. I was interviewed about hand knitted swimsuits of the 1930s and the purposes of my experiments.
I did feel a little rushed as I didn't get the opportunity to answer questions put to me more than once, but the crew were happy with my responses so I guess we shall see in the final edit!
I handed the swimsuit to Fleur and off she went to get changed ready for her dip in the sea. I'll go into the details of the experiment in a separate post as this also formed the basis of my lecture at Shetland Museum a few days later, but I wanted to see if in the right circumstances, with the right construction and fit, if a hand knitted swimsuit would actually behave itself. And on this occasion it did! Here are a few more photos of the day:
|Fleur before going into the water|
|Off she goes!|
|being incredibly brave|
|speaks for itself!|
|Fleur and swimsuit still looking amazing|
|even the camera man got wet!|
|filming the filming|
|me trying to look serious|
|What the camera saw|
The programme is apparently scheduled to be aired this coming Spring but when I know more I will of course let you know.
so for now,
All images copyright Gavin Crawford 2012 except for A Stitch in Time image, copyright Susan Crawford 2008