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Posted by from japan with love on February 9, 2015 at 8:06am
Amber Artisans applies diligent skill and expertise to creating Amber Teething Necklaces that are safe for your little one as well as long lasting. To ensure proper, secure wearing, our amber necklaces have a tight twist clasp as well as safety knots in between each and every bead to prevent…Continue
Posted by Svajunas Petreikis on February 4, 2015 at 11:52am
Photo by Sincerely Louise
My name is Louise and I’m a knitting pattern author living in Brixton, London. I design and make pieces inspired by taxidermy. I sell kits, books, and finished pieces under the name Sincerely Louise.
I learned to knit from various friends and family members a few years ago. Like most beginners, I started by making a lumpy, out-of-shape rectangle, which I absolutely loved. I wanted to learn more, so I made a few scarves and jumpers from my grandmother’s vintage pattern collection. At the time, I was also studying commercial photography; before long, the knitting had taken over. I found myself knitting during lectures, tutorials – even photo shoots! Then in 2011, I visited an exhibition called “The Power of Making” that introduced me to the world of unconventional craft. There, I became inspired to knit quirkier objects that were a better reflection of my personality.
I’m still inspired by photographs, too: fashion editorials, documentary images, and of course, my Instagram feed. I like looking at the use of light, color and props; when I’m watching a film, I find myself more interested in the background than in the actual plot. Like all designers and creatives, I’m trying to find a solution to a problem; for me, the problem is the animal I wish to design, and how to create a 3-D version from a flat knitting.
My favorite part of the design process is adding features to give each critter its own personality. I like adding a little bit of humor to each piece, and I love watching people smile when they first see my creations. One critique I got back at university was that my work wasn’t serious enough for fashion. That’s fine with me — I’d rather my pieces were light and fun in the craft world!
Etsy is my main outlet, and I love being part of a creative community of like-minded sellers and shoppers. I see my shop as an opportunity to pass along the gift of hand making — and that amazing feeling I had at that “The Power of Making” exhibition — to someone else. There’s a feeling of pride and compassion that comes with handmade items. Even the lumpy, out-of-shape rectangles.
My main goal for the future is to expand my business. I’d like to have a studio where I can outsource some of my work to other crafty people. I spend a lot of my time making my kits, so a little help would mean I could spend more time creating new designs. I’d also love to write another book — perhaps with even more faux-animal wearables!
All photographs by Sincerely Louise.