Sunday, 27 July 2014

EXQUISITE COMFORT BY LITTLE DANDELIONS

 

Jacqueline Fink from Little Dandelions hand crafts “extreme” knitted blankets and throws using giant knitting needles from her Sydney


Tell us a bit about your business?
I make by hand “extreme” knitted blankets and throws from Australian and New Zealand unspun wool.
The use of unspun wool, which I then felt, enables me to achieve an extreme scale as well as a beautiful, soft and luscious texture. My range focuses predominately on the use of natural coloured fibres (i.e. no dyes).
Every piece is made by me in my home in Sydney using giant knitting needles.
My work is a physical challenge as much as a dearly loved creative pursuit.
Most of my work is by way of custom order where I work closely with clients to create a bespoke piece.


Tell us about yourself and your background?
I am a married mum of three children (12, 10 and 7). I grew up in Northern New South Wales and studied a law degree at Bond University on the Gold Coast. I moved to Sydney in 1994 to complete my studies and have been here ever since. I launched Little Dandelion in April 2012 after a long search for a creative outlet and I haven’t stopped knitting since.
 
What processes are involved in creating your pieces?
Unspun wool is not a proper knitting yarn so I need to employ several processes to achieve the scale and look of my work. These processes are extremely labour intensive. As I have no technical background in fine arts or textiles, these process are also self-taught and hard won: they also took me years of experimentation and loads of very costly mistakes to work out.
 

What inspires you in your designs?
Colours, textures, nature and wool in general are all sources of inspiration. However, when it comes to design, I tend not to look beyond myself nor do I overthink the design process. I design purely for my own satisfaction. In fact, design inspiration usually finds me via a dream. Ultimately, I figure that if I like a design than surely someone else will.
 
Contact: Little Dandelion - hello@littledandelion.com

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