Thursday, September 8, 2016

artist: Marilyn, knitwear designer

Continuing my photo project on artists and craftsmen, allow me to introduce you to Marilyn, of Black Water Abbey Yarns

Marilyn and I were introduced by mutual friends (who knit) and since then, I have had the opportunity to photograph some of her beautiful pattern collections.  Marilyn distributes high quality wool directly from Ireland, so it is no surprise that many of her patterns feature elegant cable work.  

Through the process of photographing her work, I have had the opportunity to get to know Marilyn as a person and an artist.  As she travels to yarn and fiber shows around the country, Marilyn sells not only her own beautiful yarn and patterns, but also a selection of items such as cards, soap, and pins, from small-business artists.  In other words, she is helping the creative women around her, too.  Whenever we meet up to transfer projects, I walk away from our conversations feeling newly inspired.  

I am pleased that Marilyn agreed to let me shoot a bit of her creative process, including swatching, designing, knitting.  She had some wonderful colorwork projects on needles while I was there; I look forward to seeing her next round of finished pieces.


Find more of Marilyn's patterns on Ravelry here.  See my ongoing project of artists and craftsmen here or here.  What sort of artist shall I seek out next; have any suggestions?  


Sam said...

I enjoy these articles, thank you for sharing.

Thimbleanna said...

So interesting Karen and your photos are wonderful. Those vests are beautiful too -- lots of eye candy today!!!

MichelleBowman said...

What a cool project this is!