23rd March – 12th May 2013
Photographer Keith Varney
I was very pleased to be asked earlier in the year to send some of my work to New Brewery Arts for their Colour Exhibition. As you can see below I sent a selection of Knitted Necklaces and Collar Scarves
Because of my love for scarves I have spent the last few years designing and making collar scarves which button neatly around the neck. This idea came to me when I eventually became sick of having dangly fabric from long scarves in my way all the time. So I went about designing a scarf which could sit around my neck and not get in the way.
I came up with my Collar Scarf collection which had a very positive response from public and press. But I found for a lot of people bright colours and an unusual shape is too much and not all have the confidence to pull it off. I was finding that I needed to create a more wearable product. This is the biggest lesson I have learnt over the years from selling direct to the public. Most people want an item that is unique to them but not too unique from what everyone else is wearing. So my new Reversible Collar Scarf range came about.
I am very interested in function so I wanted to create a functional piece while still looking stylish. So I began to look at multifunctional ideas and getting two scarves for the price of one. I thought this idea would give the option to one day have a patterned design and the next day just plain colour. They fasten using magnetic snap fasteners so are easier then buttons which I used for my previous Collar Scarves.
One of the massive advantages of handmade is being able to get custom orders unique to you. I am always encouraging customers to pick their own colour combos to match their outfits. So if you would like your own custom Reversible Collar Scarf just get in touch or view the current colour available in my Etsy Shop
I love to give my customers as much choice as I can to offer them a unique item to them. But sometimes I offer so many choices I make it more complicated for myself and the customer! So for my new fair isle range I decided to focus on one pattern for now, Chevron, and have a wide selection of colour combos.
I love statement pieces but I have learnt from selling direct to the public over the years that even though statement pieces attract a lot of positive attention lots of people don’t have the confidence to wear them. So with the chevron design I wanted it be easy to wear but also a little bit quirky so I started to looking at adding strips of another colour.
I am always looking at colourful and patterned images to use for inspiration for punch card designs. As you are restricted to a grid and 24 repeat pattern on a punch card I am instanly drawn to geometric patterns.
Via House of Fabric
via Eco & Elsie
I noticed that I kept being drawn to chevron patterns so started to look at how people use this pattern and colours in their life
I decided I would start a blog to help show my followers my design process and inspiration. I have recently released a new range which has gone away from the textural pieces I have done in the past and instead I am looking at clean lines, pattern and colours. I am still however very focused on the functionality of products. I like to design items that are stylish and functional.
My interest in pattern began when I started to experiment with fair isle and very quickly found that once set up it is an easy way to add colour and pattern to fabrics.
To design fair isle patterns I begin by working on a grid to create 24 stitch repeat patterns