Monday, 28 September 2015

when nature fought back artist spotlight - leif norman

over the month of september and leading up to the big photo shoot for the when nature fought back collection, i'm hosting some guest spotlights with all the other artists who are collaborating with me on this project. they include fellow fibre artists, a photographer, a jeweler, and my models, and all have their own incredible art practices that i want to share with you all. starting on september 7th, tune in every monday and wednesday of this month to read about a different artist. 

today's featured artist is leif norman, who is the whiz behind the lens of this whole project. i know i promised you egor, but i had leif's spotlight pre-built and i'm busy editing files. it's all good though! you'll appreciate him, i promise! leif is the winnipeg-based photographer who shot the entire lookbook. he's a magician.

photo by john peters, june 2011.
q: why did you agree to be a part of this process?
a: Ash is cool. You have to support the local heroes, and a knitting fashion designer, is a hero. Romping in the forest with model/dancers? Awesome.

q: how would you define your practice?
a: I am an all purpose photographer who specializes in people. People dancing, acting, at events and in parades. I don’t do weddings, I do punk bands.




q: why do you do collaborations (this one and in general)?
a: I like collaborations because I don’t have to do ALL the work. I can help out by making things look cool, but don’t need to run the whole thing. I usually do run everything from beginning to end, so it’s nice when people help out. Here’s a better answer; I get to see what other people come up with. I’m trapped in my head and it’s nice to see other points of view!


photo by justin lee, winnipeg fringe festival 2011.


q: what is your dream project?
a: My dream project would be to be hired by some expensive magazine to go through all of Scandinavia and document coffee culture.

q: what's a fun fact about yourself?
a: I can play the trombone.




want to see more of leif's stunning photography? you can find him online in the following places:
thanks so much for helping to plan this behemoth, leif! 

we're so close! tune in wednesday for a spotlight with egor zdor, or read back for past guest artist spotlights!

Sunday, 27 September 2015

back from the woods

another break from your regularly-scheduled guest artist spotlight series (which will resume tomorrow and end later this week prior to the launch of the online lookbook)! we have just returned from nopiming provincial park, where we shot the photos for the remaining when nature fought back patterns and lookbook (ravelry, get ready for multiple releases over the next 2-3 days, starting tonight). there will be full albums on the sunflower knit facebook page, but i thought i'd share with you all some of my favourite outtakes from this weekend. i had a lot of fun and we had some mildly crazy adventures (including me losing track of the map and us subsequently driving about 100km in the wrong direction after a turn-off…oops!). we also had to rush through egor's photos before the sun set last night because he needed to be back in the city for today, and then this morning included a lot more rain than would have been convenient. but the rain did make the light incredible, so that's fine. without further ado, i give you me, egor, ashtyn, and leif in the woods…all photos courtesy of leif norman.





egor started it.




post-face poke. there is no non-awkward way to get those antlers on.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

take two



please excuse this break in your regularly scheduled guest artist spotlight series for a new pattern - take two is now live on ravelry!

this particular design is my first truly lacy pattern. while deer heart has a much more complicated chart involved, take two is a true femme beauty - delicate and also totally kick-ass. knit with less than a cake of my mermaid hair yarn, this is the perfect design for those handdyed skeins sitting patiently in your stash. it's a lacy shallow crescent shawl with a relatively easy repetition in the body and a more intricate lace bind-off worked sideways. it is suitable for intermediate to advanced lace knitters, or for a beginner looking for a bigger challenge. 

after the success of double scoop at the 2014 manitoba fibre festival, it seemed silly to not design a new pattern for the 2015 festivalright, ash, adding in another design at the same time you'll need to be dealing with the photo shoot and fibre fest prep is a really smart ideawhatever. fun fact: i can write up lace instructions pretty damn quickly. once i have a chart made up, at least. charts still take forever, but they are definitely easier to read. because i'm nice, i included both written and charted instructions. you're welcome.
the pattern is 50% off from now until 11:59pm on october 4th with the code FIBREFEST2, or if you make it to manitoba fibre fest and grab a cake of mermaid hair, you'll get a special code to download the pattern for free! i hope to see you there! come nerd out with me…

rawr!

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

when nature fought back artist spotlight - ashtyn walker

over the month of september and leading up to the big photo shoot for the when nature fought back collection, i'm hosting some guest spotlights with all the other artists who are collaborating with me on this project. they include fellow fibre artists, a photographer, a jeweler, and my models, and all have their own incredible art practices that i want to share with you all. starting on september 7th, tune in every monday and wednesday of this month to read about a different artist.

today's featured artist is ashtyn walker, who is an adorable friend and musician and who also happens to make a very lovely model. (she's modelled for me in the past too - you may recall her in the original releases for creature comforts and deer heart.)

remember when ashtyn was super adorable in deer heart

q: why did you agree to be a part of this process?
a: I agreed to be a part of this process because when a dear friend asks me to wear beautiful pieces and frolic in the great outdoors, I couldn’t think of an answer other than “absolutely, yes!”


photo by danielle friesen.
q: how would you define your practice?
a: I am an independent pianist and singer-songwriter who strives to create stories and melodies that allow listeners to tilt their head and say “hmm, interesting.” My practice is one part certain creation, and two parts experimentation.


photo by gary garrick of the garrick hotel. 

q: why do you do collaborations (this one and in general)?
a: I like to think that you are most vulnerable when creating among others, and some of my most honest and unapologetic work has come out of vulnerability. I was very pleased to join in this collaboration because the work is unfamiliar to me: I am the most green a model can be and this both terrifies and excites me. Because of my trust in and appreciation for Ash and what they create, I am wildly enthusiastic about collaborating alongside them and their fellow artists.
 
photo by gary garrick of the garrick hotel. 
q: what is your dream project?
a: For a few years now I have been cradling this pipe dream that involves me spending a summer in a van travelling across Canada and playing at Farmers Markets. This is an endeavour that would surely put me in a monetary hole, but combining the ideas of locally-grown or locally-made products with music, solitude and a country that I am deeply in love with is a desire that I just haven’t been able to shake.


ashtyn's blooper shots are most adorable than most people's "good" shots!


q: what's a fun fact about yourself?
a: While perhaps this fact is less ‘fun’ and more terribly, terribly sad, most people I meet are surprised to know that I am unable to eat any fruit with a pit or a core. This means that apples, pears, peaches, plums, etc are completely out of the question unless I want a closed throat and a very uncomfortable rest of my day. I can however eat them as long as they are cooked… the body is so strange.

want to see more of ashtyn's adorableness? you can find her online in the following places:

thanks so much for playing along and coming with me into the woods, ashtyn! 

we head into the woods this weekend, but we're not quite done yet! tune in monday for a spotlight with egor zdor, or read back for past guest artist spotlights!