Blogstars 2012

Outside my window (2)

Posted by on May 13, 2012 in Blogstars 2012 | 6 comments

Outside my window (2)

Today’s post is from Emily Orpin, who used to write with myself at Handmade Spark and whose colourful photo tweets always surprise me. She lives in Seoul… how lucky is that!? — These days outside my window is the sprawling city of Seoul. We’ve been lucky enough to live right in the heart of this always surprising, sometimes perplexing city for two years now.   I love looking out of our lofty apartment windows and seeing all the hustle and bustle in the streets below. Or to look out and see lost balloons floating by, or see a Korean magpie or two swooping past. Or...

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Outside My Window (1)

Posted by on May 6, 2012 in Blogstars 2012 | 2 comments

Adriana is a super-talented designer and illustrator – you’ve seen her stuff on Twist Collective amongst others, and she is sharing her window with us today… — Outside my window there is a canal. I moved to Amsterdam at the end of December 2011.  I photographed the view outside my window every month, and it helped me adapt to my new home.  These photos I organized like postcards to share with you. December & January We chose this apartment because of the view.  The balcony and main windows look out onto a canal and everyone loves to visit it.  Later in January,...

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Colour (4)

Posted by on Apr 29, 2012 in Blogstars 2012 | 1 comment

Colour (4)

I love colour, I love saturation, shade, hue, value and brightness. I mostly love finding like-minded people who are not afraid of colour… and Elly is one of them! Read on… — Knitting or crocheting is a wonderful way to experiment and play with colour, particularly in smaller projects such as accessories. But look closely at your past projects – it’s far too easy to get into a colour rut. Even if you have a drawer full of garments in beautiful shades, perhaps they are all of the same colour value – maybe deep dark shades such as plum, navy and maroon? I challenge...

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Colour (4)

Posted by on Apr 22, 2012 in Blogstars 2012 | 1 comment

Today’s post comes from a colourful maker. Stacey uses bold shades paired with striking patterns and designs. Grab your cup of warm coffee and let’s read… — I started my career as a graphic designer working mostly in black-and-white. Working at a student newspaper at the local university meant colour was a ultra-special, once a semester treat, thanks to an advertiser who wanted to splurge, so I became well-versed in designing in black-and-white. And varying shades of grey. When I finally got to a publication that had more colour plates than not, I was a little...

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Colour (3)

Posted by on Apr 15, 2012 in Blogstars 2012 | 1 comment

Colour (3)

Kristen Hanley Cardozo is a fellow knitwear designer and fun twitter buddy. I’m quite jealous of her haircut, I could never pull it off in that je-ne-sais-quoi stylish way… Let her talk to you about colour today. — I have a tendency to obsess over details less important than the whole, to start with the small and only then think of the big. When I was drawing more often, this manifested in a tendency to start my drawing with eyes or foreground detail that interested me rather than the important broad strokes of composition and shadow. Now, as a knitter, I tend to get caught...

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Colour (2)

Posted by on Apr 8, 2012 in Blogging, Blogstars 2012 | 3 comments

Colour (2)

I’m a knitter who loves colour. (My “Stained Glass” mitered-square afghan for my sister and her husband) Like, really loves colour. Deep, rich, dark, intense colour. Not dark as in dingy — what I love is strong, saturated colour. Subtle shifts in tone or hue put me in raptures. (My “Sagano Shawl” made with yarn I hand-dyed at a workshop with Buffy of Shelridge Farm) Colour is what immediately grabs me, before I see yarn labels or pattern stitches. Colour is what keeps certain yarns in my mind and captivates my imagination. (“La Cumparsita” shawl knit with glowing...

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