Meet the designers for Laine Issue 14
In Laine Magazine 14, we present designs from 10 outstanding designers from around the world. Meet Pablo Aneiros, Isabella Clark, Evgeniya Dupliy, Lindsey Fowler, Katrine Hannibal, Anna Husemann, Ema Marinescu, Claudia Quintanilla, Maria Walters and Sylvia Watts-Cherry.
Pablo Aneiros likes to create modern and romantic designs, paying special attention to details and finishes. He normally uses one colour or two-colour combinations that are close in the chromatic circle. Pablo knits all the time and everywhere – for him, knitting is not only a leisure activity. It is also a powerful way to reconnect with yourself, to calm down and to learn how to enjoy lonely moments. Pablo lives in Galicia, northern Spain, and he is inspired by this area: its nature, folk costumes, traditions and legends. For this issue, Pablo designed the delicate Solpor socks that will fit in every season.
By day, Isabella Clark works as a software engineer in her hometown, Los Angeles, and by night and weekends she is an avid knitter – always swatching and trying new techniques. From her perspective, pattern writing is actually pretty similar to coding: writing specific instructions to produce a specific outcome, but for a human instead of a computer! Isabella is inspired by soft, often muted tones that feel very close to nature. For this issue, Isabella designed Koselig: a comfortable, wearable cardigan that still has elements of interest.
When Evgeniya Dupliy first started knitting, she couldn’t find well-explained patterns in the local knitting magazines, so she started to adapt them. After people began asking for her patterns a few years ago, she became an independent knitwear designer. Evgeniya – who lives in Hanover, Germany, but was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan – describes her design style as minimalistic and modern with the focus on shawls. Knitting is her way of escaping the busy world and recharging energy. For this issue, Evgeniya designed Sommernacht. It is a light, soft and elegant shawl combining garter stitch and lace.
Lindsey Fowler crocheted and did basic knitting for years, but after the birth of her boys she wanted something she could work on in the nursery – and also needed an identity outside of motherhood. So she started expanding her knitting knowledge and applying her design degree to her knitting. Lindsey lives in northeast Ohio, USA. She loves intuitive knitting that has easy-to-memorise repeats. Currently, she is working on her first knitwear book that will be published this autumn by Laine Publishing. For this issue, Lindsey designed the Vespertine pattern, which is her take on a striped sweater with layered textures.
After 20 years of running her own clothing brand in the fashion industry, Katrine Hannibal felt an urge to work in a more sustainable direction. Her grandmother taught her how to knit when she was young, and hand knitting has always been a passion for her. Katrine lives in Holte, Denmark. She loves to design versatile garments that can be worn with both a dress or a pair of jeans. Katrine’s patterns tend to have a very Nordic touch with soft tones and a feminine style. For this issue, Katrine designed Skagen. It is a simple, classic cardigan with a few, well-placed details.
When Anna Husemann was studying textile design, she focused on sustainable textiles. And now she tries to find a natural, environmentally friendly or local material for every project. Anna lives in Hamburg, Germany, where she shares a small studio with her partner – but her favourite place to work and knit is the balcony. Anna’s work is all about colour, shape and material and how they interact with each other. Her favourite knitting technique is intarsia. For this issue, Anna designed the Forming shawl that evolves while knitting, both in shape and colours as well as in the knitting direction.
Ema Marinescu describes her design style as playful, as she likes to experiment with colour, technique and construction. Ema lives in the hills of Sibiu county, Romania. She is inspired by the landscape that surrounds her, and nature in general – the most creative and elegant designer of them all. For Ema, knitting started out as a stress reliever, which it still is. But she also found that it’s a lovely way to combine the practical with the beautiful. For this issue, Ema designed Bea: a short-sleeved cardigan knitted in squishy garter stitch.
Claudia Quintanilla describes herself as a dreamer: someone who imagines a finished garment and then tries to turn it into something real. Claudia – who lives in Toronto, Canada, but comes originally from El Salvador – likes natural yarns and patterns with clean lines. Traditional knitting stitches also inspire her, especially the way that they cleverly resolve technical issues. Claudia has loved to make things up ever since she was a little kid, and her “playing with wool” is an extension of this. For this issue, Claudia designed Florencia: a timeless sweater worked from the bottom up.
Maria Walters started designing knitwear after moving abroad with her husband and children, as she needed a creative challenge and a way to support her family. At the moment Maria lives in Wyoming, USA, but she is originally from Ukraine. Being away from her relatives in time of war has been very painful for her. Maria’s Ukrainian culture is also present in her work, and right now preserving it feels more important than ever. She is inspired by traditional Ukrainian clothing, such as the Vyshyvanka shirt. For this issue, Maria designed the Lito tee. It is a casual piece, perfect for chilly summer evenings.
Sylvia Watts-Cherry lives in the UK, close to London. She finds knitting a therapeutic activity, and she carries her knitting with her all the time; therefore she prefers to knit in pieces, which are less cumbersome than a whole sweater knitted in the round. Colour and bold patterns are Sylvia’s usual signature style, and she loves anything that requires a strong texture, intarsia or complexity. Knitting has taught Sylvia to be patient and to worry less. Accepting mistakes in her knitting has also helped her to accept mistakes as part of life. For this issue, Sylvia designed the Funfetti sweater that has a simple slipped-stitch colourwork pattern.