Stephen Be: life, creativity and knitting

This video interview with colourful knitting designer, Stephen Be, is just too much fun not to watch.  (As it says at the start, the wonderful interviewer, Kristy Glass, apologizes that the first half of the interview was in poor focus – but such good content she had to keep it – so she funkified it up with a variety of visual effects until the good focus kicked in at 13 minutes in.)

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Self-portrait knitting freestyle

Kristy Glass has an amazing knitting vlog on Youtube – in it, she mostly interviews pretty much every well-known knitwear designer, vlogger and writer in the knitting world.

Here, she shows her own freestyle creation – she worked not from someone else’s pattern nor did she write down the pattern as she invented it, going along.  This is free-form.  It’s fairly instinctive and therefore highly individual – and fun!  She responded to inspiring wool to make something which makes the most of the yarn’s bouncy nature (her character is similar): a bubble dress!

By the way, for non-knitters, FO means Finished Object

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Loyalty and Kindness – Drawn IN (Carole Bury)   Both a beautiful statement and illustration, by artist Carole Bury.  You can see more of her work on her website  She works through fine art, paper, textiles, drawings, often with the subject of birds and flight and associated emotions of joy and release. “As my pencils and charcoal dance and skitter over the paper I sense I am releasing the secrets … Continue reading Loyalty and Kindness – Drawn IN (Carole Bury)

Needlepoint Designer:Magie Hollingworth

Eight  minutes of video company with Magie – has many fascinating lingering still-life shots of her studio, while she chats about her design work and creative process.  She is interesting but the exploring camera is magical, with a very satisfying and nosey look around her place of work.  Everywhere you look there are springboards for new ideas and texture. “My palette of choice is the … Continue reading Needlepoint Designer:Magie Hollingworth

Textile is a universal language

Artist Sheila Hicks works with thread. Textile is a universal language.  In all of the cultures of the world, textile is a crucial and essential component.  Therefore if you’re beginning with thread, you’re halfway home.  There’s a level of familiarity that immediately breaks down any prejudice. See her works displayed in a current exhibition in Canada’s Textile Museum (55 Centre Avenue, Toronto, Ontario), open til 5th … Continue reading Textile is a universal language