Louise is one of the most loveliest person I’ve met through blogging. Recently she – in her own kitchen – has started a yarn dyeing business called The Cryptozoologist. As I enjoy knitting, crocheting and beautiful colours, what Louise is doing inspires me massively that I want to buy all of her yarns! I also backed her Kickstarter campaign, which was successfully funded. Yay! I am so looking forward to see her business to grow.
Hey Louise! Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a twenty-eight year old wannabe unicorn living in beautiful Yorkshire with my husband, our cats Jiji and Arthur and our rabbits Felix and Fliss. I’m a complete night-owl, I generally don’t really come alive until mid afternoon, and then I’m at my prime in the night. I guess if I had to sum myself up it would be as a fibre artist – I’m an obsessive knitter, and I am also an indie dyer. I also appreciate a good cat, weird knitwear and spam watch Orange is the New Black.
How did you become an artist?
I’ve been experimenting with a number of different crafts over the years – from painting to scrapbooking, felting to spinning – but I never really felt settled enough to call myself an artist, until I discovered knitting. I like to express myself with different patterns – both my own and other peoples, and I’m really into colour theory. So, I guess this naturally led to me beginning to dye my own yarn – I often found myself dreaming of strange colour combinations that no-one else really seemed to stock – so I decided to make the jump and produce them myself.
I have always been pretty into using British wool when knitting – so when I managed to source some lovely British wool, spun in my home county no less – it seemed like kismet.
How would you describe your art?
Squidgy colourful stuff! But on a more serious note I would say that I am taking heritage British wool breeds and modernising them with pop culture, geekery and unusual colours. I like to choose a theme and let myself get lost in colour. To me, there is nothing better than fibre art – I’m a very tactile person, so if you can bury your fingers in it – I’m happy!
Who or what inspires your work?
My inspiration can be anything, a mobile phone game, a 1980s toy or popular TV shows. At the moment I’m working on Final Fantasy-themed colourways, and in the future I am hoping to add The Last Unicorn and The Moomins to my range. I love pop culture – I’m the girl quoting Buffy episodes in the corner and sharing inside jokes about The Princess Bride or Game of Thrones.
What is your favourite piece you have ever produced?
It’s so hard to pick a favourite! I think I would have to say that Princess Skylark has the most meaning to me. It’s based on a My Little Pony toy that I had as a child – and I adored her so much I never put her down. The idea to dye a yarn inspired by her was what sparked the idea to open a shop.
I’m also really keen on Moon Sugar. The Jacob yarn is so beautifully soft and plump – and as a unicorn girl, I’m predisposed to like pink!
Who is your favourite artist if you have one?
In the most traditional meaning of art – I absolutely adore Sandra Dieckmann‘s work. She creates these beautiful, fantastical animal-themed artworks that consistently take my breath away. But, in a more modern sense I love the work of Baz Luhrmann and David Lynch. I always feel so inspired after watching their work – and I could just live in Lynch’s Twin Peaks – it’s so beautifully dreamy. In fact David Lynch has coined one of my favourite quotes ever, that ties in with my adoration of night time “I like the mood at night, time gets funny at night.”
What advice or tips would you share with a fellow artist?
I’m still so new to this, that the only advice I can really offer is to accept no limitations. If you believe you can do something – you can do it. It might seem crazy, or weird to other people, but if you are passionate about what you are doing – you are already successful.
Louise, thank you so much for taking part of this series and I love your answers so much!
Her yarns are pretty, aren’t they? Be sure to follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Etsy and blog.
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