It's Kelly, here with OML'S QOTW.
Inspiration comes in many forms. It could be a feeling we have, another person we admire, a style we covet, a season we love, a piece of writing that moves us. Inspiration is all around us, and I'm always intrigued when it comes to where other makers draw theirs from. So where does our knitwear inspiration come from?
My main source of inspiration for my knitwear business has always come from the natural world around me. The beauty of Canada's untouched wilderness is so easy to tap into when it comes to colours, textures, and the feeling I want people to have when they slip on one of my accessories.
The cool, salty breezes of the east coast made me want to snuggle into something warm while I walked along the rocky beaches of Nova Scotia. As the sun fell, I was drawn to the deep blues and purples cascading over the open water.
Autumn in my hometown of Dundas, Ontario boasts brilliant red, orange and yellow maple trees through the valley and up along the escarpment. Those vibrant colours, and the sound of the leaves crunching under my feet, are the epitome of my favourite season (the cozy season every knitter and crocheter adores!).
The mountains in Alberta have perhaps been my greatest influence. Looking up at them, towering against the sky, spotted with patches of deep green forest and white snow, I was truly in awe every time I had the opportunity to gaze upon them.
I really connected with the writings of John Muir, a naturalist who advocated for the preservation of nature in the United States back in the day. He had a great admiration for the wilds of what are now National Parks, and had a way with words unlike any other I've come across. I found myself reading passages of his books and letters while I was working on my fall and winter collection last year, enthralled with his view of the world and descriptions of his surroundings. Even a simple sentence, "We are now in the mountains, and they are in us," resonated with me, and sparked my creativity.
Here's what Autilia Marie of Heart.Hooked, Cristin of Kozy Komforts, Steph of Yarn Republic, and Whittney of Songbyrdy have to say about where they draw their inspiration from for their handmade businesses.
Where do you draw inspiration from when it comes to your handmade business? Tell us in the comments below, or tag us with #ourmakerlife on our @ourmakerlife IG with a cool pic for a chance to be featured on our feed!
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Kelly, OML dream team
Kelly is the mind, body and soul behind @knitbrooks: handmade modern knitwear inspired by nature’s endless beauty. After completing a photojournalism program, Kelly used both knitting and crocheting as a way to relax after a long day working as a reporter/photographer. This hobby has since transformed into a way to combine her love of creating fashionable knitwear, with her passion for photography, a cozy lifestyle, and her awe and admiration of the untouched wilderness.