Developing a feminist crypto-currency

Crypto-Knitting is a new collaboration with Ailie Rutherford to develop a feminist Cryptocurrency proposal in the contexts of Govanhill and Easterhouse in Glasgow. Inspired by a shared interest in feminist economics and the potential for Cryptocurrencies to disrupt established power structures and create new supply chains, we will draw on the format of the “knitting circle” to learn from each other, knowing that everyone brings vital knowledge to the circle.

Equally, the project will play on the similarities between knitting patterns and the encryption codes and trust networks of blockchain technology as a means to convey and understand the complex processes and potential these new technologies afford. This allows us to co-develop a proposal for a blockchain system that can be used by women to invent an economy that works for them.

Working with the Swap Market in Govanhill and Platform in Easterhouse, this project involves a series of workshop activities, artist interventions and community knowledge exchange over the course of 2019.

The project is funded by Creative Scotland Open Project Fund and the University of Edinburgh.