Thinking about my previous post (about making something more than once) led me to describe myself as a closet knitter! And it is so not what you think (since I knit in public all the time!).
Okay, so I've realized that there are three major types of knitting teachers / designers out there, many of whom we all know and love:
- the artists (who design fabulous art-to-wear, who usually concentrate on teaching classes in color or texture, who probably went to some kind of art school);
- the traditionalists (who design within ethnic frame-works, who teach classes in traditional techniques, who may come from--but at least have a love of--the countries where these wonderful traditions originated);
- the technique experts (who design work, or teach classes, that celebrate a technique and that pay a whole lotta attention to detail).
Upon being asked where my main source of inspiration comes from, and answering that question honestly, I realized the following:
- that my main inspiration is the clothes I actually wear
- that I try to wear a knit garment every day
- that I want to teach my students how to make the connection between their closets and their knitting so they can do the same
- that my main focus (my rant) has become Knit what you wear, wear what you knit. (You have surely read that in a previous post!)
The products of my hands are not traditional, nor are they art-to-wear, nor do they necessarily explore a particular technique. They are usually rather simple garments. They are not the most impressive garments: no-one every looks at me knitting in an airport and says Wow, I gotta make that! But while they might be unimpressive and not the most exciting through the actual knitting, they are like the clothes that we wear every day. What does happen in airports is that people ask if I've knit what I'm wearing and where they can get the pattern.
So, to relate to the previous post, not only do I design from my closet but I regularly repeat that experience. If I like wearing something, I really like wearing something . . . and want it in an alternate colour and fibre.
I am currently working on my fourth version of something that has me as excited as the original EINSTEIN COAT. I should be ready to show it to the world this weekend!