Ana: Raven. It looks a little somber and simple at first, but then as it moves and you get closer, you see rich, vibrant color underneath. I think the complexity underlying the simplicity is closest to who I am.
Matt: Barrel Rider, mostly because of the outdoorsy feel and the name being inspired by The Hobbit – one of my favorite books.
Janet: What is the ugliest color you’ve ever dyed?
Ana: We dyed a burnt orange at the request of a shop owner. It was flat, uninteresting and unflattering – we ultimately ended up overdyeing it to give it depth and personality, while still keeping the warmth of the color. It turned out afterwards to be Ember, which is one of our favorite colors.
Ana: SO much! Part of it is the knowledge that these objects don’t exist in a vacuum -they’ll be made into objects, they’ll be worn on a moving body, they’ll be seen in all sorts of lighting conditions.
- Will the dye pool funny?
- How will this look knitted versus crocheted?
- Can this do cables, lace, or just knit/purl textures?
- How will these colors look wrapped around a 3D body: will they look flat, will they add something to the dimensionality of the piece?
- And finally with the lighting, I have to know that the color will stand up to different lighting conditions and not look great in one (daylight) and wretched in another (flourescent).
Ana: It is the archeology of cloth and garments, and the tools used to make them. Until fairly recently, cloth scraps in archeological digs were simply discarded as they were thought to ultimately be unimportant when compared to less fragile and/or less utilitarian objects like jewelry, pottery, weaponry, and so on.
Janet: Any knitting tips to share?
Ana: We’ve been lucky enough to have several designers create amazing designs in our yarns – some of our favorites are Nsubra by Bristol Ivy, Kinbane by Susanna IC, and Fugue in Mosaic Minor by Kirsten Kapur.
Ana: I love to play and program video games and I love to draw. I guess I’m really visual. I also seriously love to cook.
Matt: I collect antique hand tools and I do nature photography, especially macro photography. I also used to work as a blacksmith.
Ana: My family has been here almost 200 years, so part of it is the connection to the area. The food here is amazing, the people are generally warm and friendly but quirky in their own way (me too!), and there is a richness and diversity and beauty in the land that is unparalleled, in my opinion. The fiber arts community is richly deep in its talent pool, wide in its scope, expansive in its sheer size and knowledge, and welcoming to people in any needle art/fiber art whether they’ve been doing it for 80 years or just started yesterday.
Matt: I love the natural beauty, the warm people who are willing to share their knowledge on any subject, and the amazing fiber arts community.