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Virginia by Helga Isager

Virginia by Helga Isager

This time we're sharing our interview with designer Helga Isager about Virginia, her elegant design for Issue 23 with its unique pearl-like colorwork. She also tells us a little about how she started knitting and became a knitwear designer. amirisu: What was your inspiration for this design?Helga: I was inspired by the earthy colours and loose silhouettes from the wardrobe of Virginia Woolf (Nicole Kidman) in the movie ‘The Hours,’ directed by Stephen Daldry in 2002. amirisu: If you were to knit this design in another color, what would it be?Helga: I have just knitted the same sweater in a light blue Merilin and Silk Mohair,...

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Varda by Paula Pereira

Varda by Paula Pereira

Today we're speaking with Paula Pereira about her open front cardigan design for Issue 23, Varda. We asked her about her inspiration and favorite movie.  amirisu: What was your inspiration for this design?Paula: The documentary that inspired this cardigan, Visages Villages ( or, Faces Places), is one of my favorites. It revolves around the collaboration between Agnes Varda, a multi-award-winning director, photographer, and artist who was an important participant in the French New Wave movement in the late 50's, and JR, a young French photographer. They travel through rural France meeting different people, listening to their stories, taking their pictures, and capturing the emotion...

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Fantastic Stripes by Meri Tanaka

Fantastic Stripes by Meri Tanaka

Issue 23 features two amirisu designs and today will be talking with Meri about her design, Fantastic Stripes. Worked in the worsted weight high-twist yarn Hike, this design uses double knitting to create a warm, graphic cowl that keeps its shape. amirisu: What was your inspiration for this design?Meri: I’ve always liked Wes Anderson’s work, so when the theme for this issue was decided I knew I wanted to pick one of his movies. Since we had plenty of garments in this issue, I ended up designing a cowl. I like a bold graphic look for a small accessory like a cowl, so...

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Satsuki by Sari Nordlund

Satsuki by Sari Nordlund

The designers who joined us for Issue 23 found inspiration in many different aspects of their chosen films. Sari Nordlund found her inspiration in one of the characters (a certain beloved and mysterious forest creature) to create her cute and wearable pullover design, Satsuki. Read our interview with Sari below to learn more about this design and Sari's personal knitting motto.  amirisu: What was your inspiration for this design?Sari: The theme was favourite movies and as I have always loved anime and Hayao Miyazaki’s movies, I chose My Neighbour Totoro. I saw it the first time as a twenty-something, but I fell in love with it immediately. Now that...

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