Episode 009: Bristol Ivy
Bristol Ivy is a freelance knitwear designer living in Portland Maine. Her work is inspired by playing with the tension between innovation and classic design. You can find crisp architectural lines alongside soft organic shapes in her garments and accessories. I’m often struck by her use of texture and shaping to create movement in her pieces.
Bristol used to work behind the scenes for Brooklyn Tweed, doing a variety of jobs from managing wholesale accounts to tech editing, to designing for the Wool People collections. At the same time, she was working on releasing her own patterns for Quince & Company, Pom Pom Quarterly, Twist Collective, Knitscene, and more.
She recently embarked out on a new adventure as a full time freelance designer. I was excited to talk with Bristol about this transition, and how she finds her creative process has shifted now that she’s working for herself.
We also chat a lot about creativity, slow fashion, the value of fair compensation in the design world, the real deal behind why cats and knitters get along so well, and her obsession with bread baking.
In this Episode:
We hope your pantry is well stocked with yeast and flour! Here are the recipes for Hokkaido Milk bread and Oatmeal Honey Bread, and check out The King Arthur Flour Bakers Companion and Beard on Bread by James Beard.
The stack of books by your bed is about to grow! Check out The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, The Secret History by Donna Tartt, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, and anything and everything by Agatha Christie.
Want to watch what Bristol is watching? Tune in to The Great British Bake-off, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, The Voice, Project Runway, and Top Chef.
The designs in the picture above are (from top left) Hey, Little Songbird, Messaline, and Wainwright
I’m excited to announce that Bristol Ivy will be joining us at Stash this January. We are proud to be able to bring guest designers to the shop regularly; it is a priority for us to support the talented teachers and designers whose patterns we love to knit. Having a variety of talented voices join the conversation in our creative community is incredibly inspiring and valuable.
We hope you will be able to join us for a day of classes with this talented designer and teacher. She will be teaching two classes: Brioche 101 and Cracking the Code: Learning to Read Your Knitting. Follow the links to read all the details and to register online. Spaces are going quickly!
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Until next time…
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