This Fall, I wanted to design easy pieces that exuded a cool girl chic; a mysterious edgines. Three-fourths of the designs definitely cater to the desired aesthetic I had in mind. There was something missing though. There lacked a wow factor, a unique quality that every collection must have no matter how large or small. So I decided to experiment more with my knitting and dappled in the wonderful world of color! I introduce the spectrum sweater!
I used a knitting method called short row shaping to achieve the desired arch of color. I love it! It's like a little section of the color wheel and such a inspiring way to combine different yarns and textures. The chunky alpaca knitted yoke gives it more of a sweater vibe and is endlessly fun to knit, I might add! I will continue pushing myself out of my comfort zone of white, grey, and black to see how to far it will take me- how uncomfortable I can get before I fall in love with whatever I comes out of that apprehension of not being in my element. I'm already excited to design and dream about Spring.
I want to give a large and in charge shout out to my beautiful model, Lelia. Shr contacted me on instagram and told me she enjoyed my brand and asked if I needed a model. The universe really provides beauty. And Lelia is certainly that. She brought a cool sophistication and a kind of subtle sensuality that I really loved. I found that capturing this combination was effortless. I am so excited and inspired by the photos which I took myself (!!!!) that now I really would like to take a photography class. So many things to learn and experience!
As a person of color, I feel that the state of this country has become so precarious and terrifying since the election, to say the least. In the midst of this political climate I feel as though I'm standing on a very jagged cliff while huge gusts of wind are pushing me closer and closer to the edge. Thankfully, I have Neutral States and a wonderful community of local makers, designers and creatives that I'm holding onto and cherishing and that makes life very fulfilling.
Life is so short and take so much pleasure from the beauty in this world. I hope I'm adding to it and if I am, to continue doing so.