Rie: When I was thinking of a theme, I had several musical genres in mind, and it was difficult to narrow it down to just one. In the process, I recalled my past experiences and the paths I had taken, and suddenly the city at night came to mind.
And then, the longing to go to a jazz bar was pulled out of my memory.
I began to think about how a shirt blouse with a light swinging hemline would look when I wanted to go to a certain jazz bar and enjoy an understated fashionable touch to my outfit, rather than getting dressed up to the nines.
amirisu: What challenges did you face in the design process?
Rie: Knit fabrics tend to give off a casual vibe, so I tried to make the cuffs a little more fluffy and keep the neckline cleaner around the collarbone, to give it a more refined feel. I also made the hemline curved to give it an elegant look.
amirisu: If you were to knit another piece, what color would you use?
Rie: I would like to knit one in Coquelicot (red), which gives a gorgeous impression the moment you see it!
amirisu: Is there any particular music you like to listen to while knitting? If not, what kind of music do you enjoy in general?
Rie: I listen to a variety of genres, from classical to pop music.
Music from the younger generation is often played in the car by my son, and if I like it, I add it to my list, too. The list also includes hiphop and rap, which I listen to more often now than when I was younger.
But the music that progresses my knitting is probably classical music: I listen to a channel on Youtube that plays a collection of piano concertos all the time, and I also like the sound of classical guitar.
I also enjoy Ryuichi Sakamoto's music, which I feel reaches deep into my body and is very comfortable. When I need to concentrate I'll often choose to play his music in particular. Music is always by my side, so much so that there is never a time when I don't have it playing.
Thank you very much, Rie-san!