Wednesday, 5 November 2014
A few weeks ago I came across this photo on Pinterest and posted it to this blog's Facebook page. I'm sure you won't be surprised to read it attracted quite a lot of attention (350 likes, 170 shares, 44 comments), because the coat is an undeniably stunning piece of design. When I tracked down the source of the picture, it proved to be the work of designer Svetlana Gordon, also known as Tashashu. When I looked at the patterns Gordon has listed for sale on Ravelry (and sorry to disappoint but this pattern for this coat isn't among them), I made two discoveries: I had already featured one of her other designs on Facebook; and all the rest of her work was on par with this coat. In this post, let's have a look at some examples of Svetlana Gordon's wonderful work.
This is the Blue Willow Shawl. The pattern is available for $5.00(USD). Many of Svetlana Gordon's designs have a unique blend of modern edge and a wealth of rich detail. Most contemporary design is simpler than this.
The Murano Scarf, which is like stained glass translated into yarn. The pattern is available for $5(USD).
It seems Svetlana can't design even a simple pumpkin decorative piece without turning it into something eye catchingly special. This Decorative Pumpkin pattern is available for $2(USD) and comes with optional crocheted spider instructions.
This "house coat" is from Gordon's Facebook page. I'd be more inclined to turn this into an afghan than a coat, but that street scene is too charmingly rendered for words.
Adorable cabled mini-dress, also from Gordon's Facebook page.
This Morocco Coat is simpler and more practical and wearable than the coats above, but still very striking.
This lovely jacket design uses Gordon's Autumn Leaves stitch, the instructions for which are for sale on Ravelry for $4(USD).
You can see more of Svetlana Gordon's work in her store on Ravelry and on her Facebook page, and she has an online store. You won't regret any time you take to check out her work as, though I've focused only on her knitwear design in this post, she also works in fabric and leather, and all her work is quite amazing. After looking at all of Gordon's work while researching this post, I can only say she is insanely talented, and definitely ranks among the very best of the designers I've come across in two years of writing this blog.
Sunday, 3 March 2013
For some time now, I've been meaning to start to write the occasional post featuring some of the individual designers I come across whose work makes me sit up and take notice. My first such post (i.e., this one) features Nova Scotian Lucy Neatby, a pink- and purple-haired hand-knitting designer and teacher and former Merchant Navy Officer, and highlights a few of her designs that caught my eye. Neatby writes of herself that she's a very technically oriented designer. It's clear from her work that this is true, but she also obviously has such an exuberant love of colour and playfully creative side that her work is not only technically masterful but visually out of the ordinary. Judging from Neatby's Ravelry patterns, she generally sticks to smaller items: hats, mittens, scarves, socks, etc.
The design above, the Emperor's New Scarf, is probably my favourite of her designs. I see a metric tonne of scarves in my research for this blog, and most are pretty but forgettable. This one isn't forgettable. It looks like some sort of sea creature and yet... it's actually still something one could wear and not feel silly in. I'm always noting in my pattern reviews how items with holes will catch on everything. Well, this one would catch on things, but I like it so much I wouldn't care.
This is the Moonstone scarf design. It wouldn't catch on anything, and it's striking and pretty.
This is the Bubbles Scarf design. It employs a theme one would usually only use for children's apparel in such a sophisticated and technically accomplished way that it's something an adult could happily wear.
I would totally not make, let alone carry, this Udderly Divine Bag design, but the sight of it makes me giggle uncontrollably. Perhaps because it makes me think of a (former) sister-in-law's cow-themed kitchen, in which absolutely everything from the wallpaper, curtains and border to the placemats and seat cushions to the canisters to the mugs and plates to the fridge magnets to the plastic bag dispenser had four legs, horns and black spots. It was almost surreal, as though you were trapped inside one of those puzzle pictures and had to find 378 cows before you were allowed to leave. My brother had to make a deal with his wife that she could have all the cows she wanted in the kitchen but they were not to go straying out to pasture in the rest of the house, on pain of him getting the big screen TV he wanted. Anyway, I'm a little cow-stuff traumatized, but I have to acknowledge that this is a fun and cleverly executed design, and I love the picture, in which the cow is all, "Those tits are SO fake."
If you're the sort of person who just can't get enough bling on your person, these Godiva socks might be for you. I'm actually not pro-bling and tend to not like anything but quite basic, utilitarian socks (I live in my eight pairs of red-striped gray wool work socks in the winter), but these are subtle and pretty enough that I like them and would actually consider making and wearing them.
If you'd like to see more of Lucy Neatby's work, you can visit her website and check out her blog.