The Ever Expanding Blog Post is a self-interview by a series of artists, makers and designers who ask themselves the same 4 questions and then pass the interview on to other creators they respect. A social media chain letter of sorts. Thank you Lily of Gamma Folkfor inviting me.
What am I working on? I am in the exhausting (but i love it) process of completing vol. 3 of my knitting booklets, that i self-publish & locally print, that will contain all new designs, most from my upcoming fw/14 shop update. I just recently released the pre-fall collection, that focuses on techniques such as fringe application, bobbles, using custom dyed wool, shaping & even some traditional lace designs. I couldn't wait on sharing the lookbook, that i worked on w/ friends brooke & hollie, so that is how that came about so soon. In the fall, i will feature the rest of the lookbook, & some more photos i shot w/ my friend alyssa, since i added more knits to the collection. I am working on so many projects at the moment,(such as finally tackling enfant/toddler, & beginning design stages of decor wall hangings & jewelry making). i just can't even afford all of the resources needed, so for me i am trying to just pull back my enthusiasm & not allow it to get me down.
How does my work differ from others of its genre? I am pretty stubborn with the integrity of my designs, which focuses on the beauty of the natural fibers, as well as minimalist shapes. Honestly, i still design for myself, "would i wear this & will i continue to want to wear this", i focus to not stray from that sentiment. It is important that my work is wearable, sustainable & , that can it be easily mixed into a changing wardrobe. Why do I create what I do? For me, it started as an instant obsession, that came about as a way of releasing my creativity through developing my own skills of handicraft. I was inspired to find new innovative ways to develop & knit patterns, w/out a lot of the traditional hang ups of knitting. I continue to knit because it is creative outlet that allows me to independently help support my family. As well, i feel a connection to the political and community based actions that fair trade and small independent businesses empower.
How does my creative process work? At this moment, i am feeling manically creativity, but i still definitely am experiencing periods where i suffer creatively through blocks, usually it is caused by forcing it, or so much self-doubt.
sneak peek/ introducing the omemee toque, in orange (silk/alpaca/merino fair trade wool from peru, also available in charcoal, indigo, & fawn). this pattern will also be in the good night day: modern & minimalist knitting booklet vol 3 (in limited printing).
model: alyssa garrison, & necklace c/o gamma folk, omemee toque: good night, day
this summer, i've spent a lot of time struggling w/ all of the self-defeating demons of having a independent shop, & fighting the urge to just give up. working behind the scenes, on the new knitting booklet vol.# 3, it can be a very overwhelming experience, & yet still gratifying in the end to know it was all just me, & i was able to publish these booklets locally. i hope you will take the opportunity to pre-order the booklets, as printing is really limited ,it is always hard keeping the booklets in stock. i've really pushed myself creatively, & i love the new designs that will be featured in vol. 3. thanks to everyone that has already ordered their copy!
(alyssa helped out modeling, & i took a turn behind the lens, to capture looks
that didn't make it in time for the lookbook shot earlier)
(knitting everywhere & trying out the new omemee toque, which i am just ecstatic over, & i know knitters will really enjoy these everywhere/organic cables)
"Collection Three explores the relationship between fiber and ceramics in jewelry. Influenced by geometric forms, natural processes and intuition, this collection showcases both their raw elements and beauty together. Each ceramic piece is hand built, one of a kind, and made of white earthenware, then glazed. The fibers are naturally dyed using plant based ingredients including logwood to achieve a range of purple colors, indigo for blues and black walnut hulls for light greys and tans." Lily Piyathaisere, maker & designer of Gamma Folk