Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Norah Gaughan Visits Ocean State Knit and Crochet Guild



Tonight I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Norah Gaughan for the first time. She spent two hours discussing the impetus for her knitting book, Knitting Nature as well as showing us some of her many designs. Norah tells us in the introduction to her book that "The work in this book feels like the melding of my science-and art-loving selves, as well as the continuation of themes that have been developing in my work for years."

This book is more than a book of patterns; it is a way of looking at the world's patterns in nature and knitting. It certainly has provided me with inspiration. Fractals,Phyllotaxis and Pentagons are the essence of her creations.

Luckily for our guild Norah divides her time between Peterborough,NH and Providence, RI. Because of Norah I must seek out the book: The Self Made Tapestry by Phillip Ball. We must continue to feed the well of inspiration.

On another note..........if you haven't heard, another knit designer has bloomed. Eunny Jang is the new editor of Interweave Knits!

Have you seen the new spring edition of Knitty?

7 comments:

Judith said...

I haven't heard Norah speak at a meeting in ages--she is fabulous, for sure. I may have to seek out the book by Ball, too. I agree, "we must continue to feed the well of inspiration"! See you soon!

Rachel said...

That is so cool that Norah Gaughan came to OSKCG. I was in NYC for work or I would have definitely tried to make it. I like her extra because she and I have the same alma mater (Brown). I'm glad it was such a success!

Kathy said...

How lucky!! I love that Berrocco Foliage sweater -- I'm assuming it's her design. Oh, would you add me to the Saturday spinners -- I may not be able to spin every Saturday, but I'll shoot for it!

Laura said...

What an exciting opportunity! Isn't it fascinating to meet incredibly talented people like that and get a little glimpse into their thoughts and ideas?

Vicki Knitorious said...

Oh, how wonderful! I was just drooling over... um, paging through that book yesterday -- so many interesting designs.

Kim said...

Lucky you!! I love that book :-)

Laurie said...

Lucky knitter to meet with Nora Gaughan! I think you are right about the collective Jungian unconscious. Seems there is lots that becomes wired into our nervous systems.

And tnx for the Knitty link. I am IN LOVE with Clessidra.