Before the autumn/winter season is in full swing and I enter my busiest period of the year, I thought it would be fun to let you know a little more about me.
Soon I will most likely be found (happily!) buried under yarn, knitwear orders and Christmas fair frivolities. So, let’s jump right in:
1. Everywhere I go, I’m inspired by colour.
I’m always on the look out for interesting colour combinations, and they pop up everywhere. I’m keen on the colours in ceramics, most recently the work of Janice Tchalenko and her work in the 1980’s. It doesn’t always mean that the colours are translated directly, but I just may be inspired by a bold use of colour and then be motivated to be courageous within my own work.
During my MA I used to take endless photos of the page edges of magazines and books as it created the most unexpected stripes which were great to work from – in fact I may start doing that again!
2. I work to three core colourways.
I had a great training having worked with Orla Kiely from very early on in my career. With Orla, we always worked to three colourways and tried to incorporate each type of customer personality into one of those three colour choices. I try and do that within my own collection too.
I frequently end up with too many colourways choices and then it’s hard to whittle them down. At times like this, I have been known to grab a bunch of wristwarmers and carry out some market research by asking friends which colourways they prefer!
3. In my ‘off-season’ I love to be active.
Most of the year I am stockpiling for the busiest time of year which is in the run up to Christmas. But when I’m not knitting, I love to do sport. Having been an incredibly unsporty child, always preferring art and craft to PE and games, I feel like I’m making up for lost time!
The main thing I love to do is run, in particular trail running around the beautiful countryside we have in the South Downs National Park. More recently I have tried mountain biking and yoga and have really loved them too – not sure I have enough time to fit any more interests in though!
4. The colder seasons are all about layers.
My absolute favourite thing about autumn and winter is layering. It creates so many amazing opportunities when putting together outfits, and the colour combinations can be rich and interesting with pops of brighter colour.
5. Simple, lazy Sundays are my favourite.
I’m always teased about my favourite way to spend a Sunday because it would most definitely involve the log burner being lit, a bottle of wine, a bar of dark chocolate and a period drama on the TV. It’s frequently suggested that I’m old before my time!
6. Country girl or city girl?
I think this question reflects my personality quite well - I like a bit of both. I love a day or two in the city, and come back absolutely buzzing, but I like the tranquility and emptiness of the countryside too.
7. If I didn’t run Kate Box Knit, I would…?
Tough one! I’d either like to be a ranger looking after the South Downs National Park, or a fine art painting restorer. I love doing painstaking intricate work and I think witnessing a painting come back to its former glory must be very satisfying indeed.