Grandma's Knitting Basket

Sounds Like Us 2010 Design Competition Winner - Courtney Foon

"My concept is based around my grandma and my 'Grandma's Knitting Basket', which is also the name of my radio. My inspiration came from my grandma always having a little woven basket with all her materials in it like balls of different coloured wool, knitting needles, scissors, cotton and thread. She knitted everything from scarves, jumpers, doilies, gloves etc.

I liked the idea of soft wool paired with sharp, hard objects such as the scissors and knitting needles.

Radio used to be a family gathering before television, and also where grandma would sit with the family and knit. I think of wool as being a New Zealand product. Wool products are a big part of the New Zealand heritage and still in today's society but just bringing it right back to grandma is choice."


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Radio Design Competition 2010 and 2011

Reaching far and wide into schools and tertiary institutions the design competition attracted hundreds of students keen to display their Kiwi creative ingenuity and explore why they were passionate about New Zealand culture and what it meant to them to be a Kiwi. The five winning radios are included in the Sounds Like Us exhibition.

2010 Winners

2011 Winners

Commended Radios

These were among the judge's top designs and only narrowly missed out on the prize.(.pdf's)

Sounds Like Us Touring Exhibition

The exhibition is on display at the Ashburton Museum from Saturday 9 December until late March 2018.