Hello! And welcome back!
I want to focus a little bit on the power of process, and its connections to a finished work or product. Process is not just about how we work — the steps we take, but more
about the creative process of making, and the “happy accidents” so-to-speak that allow us to produce some of our best works.
It is sometimes about having a pattern but not an idea of how to use it….at first. When the light goes on, everything seems to come together; and each persons creative process lends them unique outcomes.
Many times i am inspired by my everyday surroundings, whether those be colors, geometric forms, or architecture (my profession by day). I then turn these inspirations into items that i can form, mold, bend, knit, sew—create! I sometimes run into snags and disappointments in the middle of a work, which i then somehow need to turn into a finished product.
This is exactly the process I am referring to, however, where we are pushed to look for solutions and our process inevitably twists and turns, molding itself into new designs and inspirations.
Probably one of the most important concepts i take away from process work is the learning and the experimentation that comes from this creative type of work.
Here is where one really gets to learn how to work with materials and come to solutions on how to finish their work—as well as work through the tough spots, fix mishaps, and come up with new ideas and new ways of working with materials and looking at design.
Below I’ve posted a couple of my new designs. I have decided the knitting will turn into a wrap scarf, or could double as a belt. It’s not finished, but here is a sneak peak! I am working with a beautiful “cat’s eye stitch” that leaves these gorgeous holes in the work; and I have been working two colors of yarn together. The finished product will be between 14 and 18 inches of knitted cat’s eye with the rest consisting of long ends used to tie the scarf or belt. These ends will be created with a winter white color, and all of the yarn is a mixture of merino wool, cashmere, and nylon, 72% merino, 13% nylon & 15% cashmere—super soft!
Below that is a set of stack-able rings i have been working on, created from seed beads and sterling silver Softflex beading wire. The one photo shows the figure 8 knot that i used to secure the wire and tie the rings off—one of my moments of experimentation and learning!
Enjoy and thank you for checking out my latest post!