I’ve been at a loss for words this week.
So I thought I’d do some reminiscing. Taking a look at the past can provide a clue to the way forward, don’t you think? An astrologer who did my chart a long time ago told me I should look through my photo albums at least once a month to remind myself of who I am and where I’ve been. This, he said, is essential for a gemini because we tend to live in the present and jettison the past too easily.
The past in this case is some of the work I’ve done in knitting in the years before I had my shop in California and before I wrote my book with Tracey.
Some of these are designs that I sold under my own label. They were made by a group of dedicated and intrepid knitters in New Zealand and sold to boutiques in the USA, mostly on the East Coast. Does anyone remember Stewart Ross on Madison Avenue?
This week it’s 80’s: the puffed sleeve and shoulder pad decade.
The design above has the sleeve equivalent of big hair. It’s called Fantasque, named after a Clarice Cliff vase. I find CC an inexhaustible source of inspiration. She is one of my passions, along with shoes and buttons.
Below is a cardigan inspired by the line drawings of Matisse. It was published by Vogue Knitting Winter 1989.
This is Hopi, my best seller from that time. It’s a big cozy shawl collared cardigan that reflected my love of the South West and anything Native American. The buttons were old Indian head nickels.
Cleaning out my Mum’s apartment after she passed away last year I found one of these cardigans in her closet. She wore it up until the very end of her life.
Another southwest inspiration. In the late 80’s and early 90’s crushed velvet prairie skirts, lots of big turquoise jewellery and big concho belts were the thing. This style makes a comeback every couple of years, it seems. No wonder. It’s classic.
For something totally different, a designed inspired by textiles from the Kuba people of pre-colonial Africa. I wish I still had one of these.
This feels a little like being on an archaeological dig in my own life. Next week, it’s the 90’s……