Christmas Shop

Posted on: Tuesday, 16 December 2014


I've been making a bunch of stuff for markets. The markets didn't go so well, so I'm selling them in my shop instead. I used this gorgeous smooth oilskin fabric from Merchant and Mills. I've run out of money so will be spending the next week making everyone's Christmas presents.

Hope everyone's enjoying the Christmas time.

Untitled

Posted on: Friday, 21 November 2014


This summer we spent a few nights camping in France whilst we traveled to and from the South. We're a bit into our camping kit and it just doesn't get used enough. I had the most wonderful swim in the sea on the North coast and we stayed in a lovely farm campsite which sold their own cider and other produce. We were out of peak season so we pretty much has the place to ourselves, once we settled in and set up camp we went searching for Brocante signs and found some good stuff being sold out of old warehouses and garages.

I miss summer but that happens every year.

Tangled Wood

Posted on: Saturday, 15 November 2014


My new collection and website are now live and you can take a look at isabelknowles.com. Also, see the whole lookbook for Tangled Wood here. Last weekend when I was in London we did this last minute shoot with a couple of ginger babes I'm lucky to have at my disposal (my sister and friend). It was still a tad dingy so lots of looking up trying to catch the light.

The name Tangled Wood was actually the last thing to be finalised about this collection. I knew the shapes and colours were based around and trees and leaves but my mind drew a blank. After going to see the William Morris exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery (which was wicked) I stumbled across the following poem and it seemed to fit just right...

Lo, when we wade the tangled wood,
In haste and hurry to be there,
Nought seem its leaves and blossoms good,
For all that they be fashioned fair.
But looking up, at last we see
The glimmer of the open light,
From o’er the place where we would be:
Then grow the very brambles bright.
So now, amidst our day of strife,
With many a matter glad we play,
When once we see the light of life
Gleam through the tangle of to-day.

I hope you like this little collection. There's a wider range of organic cotton fabrics in it which I really enjoyed working with.

Rain Check

Posted on: Thursday, 6 November 2014


I planned to do my photo shoot for my Winter collection this week but the grey drizzly weather seemed to have other plans. Hopefully this weekend will provide us with some crisp Autumnal hours with enough light to not have ludicrously grainy photos.

This is a shirt from the collection. I can't wait to show you the rest!

Autumn Leaves

Posted on: Thursday, 30 October 2014


Am I always apologising for being two steps behind? It feels like I am and it has for most of my life. This collection wasn't really meant to happen, but I was inspired quite late in the day and I just have to go with it. Hopefully it'll be released next week, along with a new website.

Autumn this year has taken a long time to arrive. Now the clocks have changed I'm feeling dozy and dreamlike in the days with the clouds hanging low in the hills outside the window. The evenings are perfect for hibernating in my studio with the heater on and the radio telling me stories whilst I sew (or watching telly in front of the fire or going to the pub).

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