We’ve loved bringing you the stories behind the yarns and the patterns that have come together to make our anniversary book Loop’s 10. As the release date is on the horizon (early September!) we have a few interviews with key creatives who brought it all together. This week, we chat with Kristin Perers, who is responsible for the gorgeous photography of Loop’s 10.
The custom colours are starting to arrive! Find out how you can win a skein of Dye for Yarn’s Golden Beehive at the end of the post! (Competition now closed – but we’ll have lots more in the future so stayed tuned!)
Kristin has been a designer, a painter and a stylist, all things which play a part in her role as photographer. She has been a huge part of our other publications, photographing Vintage Crochet, Juju’s Loops and many of the Loop single patterns.
Images are incredibly important to Susan, and she finds working with Kristin a perfect creative partnership – “we ‘get’ each other both visually and the mood we are trying to evoke, it’s so easy… Or, even if it is hard, to capture what we are trying to do we are both trying to make it happen in the same direction and bouncing ideas around with each other. After years in publishing before opening Loop, I know this is a rare thing and a relationship to cherish having worked on so many shoots together”
Susan also adds, “I have huge respect for Kristin – even after I think we have ‘got the shot’ – she sometimes will say ‘hold on a minute’ and move a twig or the way the strand of yarn is draping a tiny bit and it is even better. There is such integrity in her work… it is always the greatest fun prepping to style shoots as I know she will get just as excited about finding the perfect ribbon, branch or old book as I am.
It’s such an exciting part of a project to capture the final aspect of putting out a pattern or a book when shooting the images. It is the culmination of everything for me; the ideas behind choosing the designer, the yarn, the project – all the inspiration and work. You take those shots and it is what goes out there into the world – it’s what gets translated to others to, hopefully, inspire them”
We asked Kristin to tell us more …
It’s strange but Susan and I knew each other before we knew we knew each other. If you can follow that. Both Americans in London, both in Islington and working together on Susan first book. I was thrilled to be asked to photograph it and soon we discovered we had both studied in New York City at the same college at the same time. It felt good to meet a kindred spirit, we shared our particular experience of being expats, memories of NYC in the 1980s and adjusting to life in London raising children.
Susan has a strong natural style and working with her our visions blended seamlessly. She has an instinctive eye for colour play and layering – she would often see things lying around and use them as props in an inventive way. I love working with Susan as I know I’ll get beautiful pictures and ones that feel close to my heart if not an extension of my heart.
Photographing knit patterns you have to be at once practical and descriptive of the detail, texture, stitch, shape yet also there needs to be a romance about it. A picture that will spark the imagination and take someone from ‘nice’ to ‘oh I want to make that!’. That is the challenge and also the fun – going from the big moody picture to the detail, telling a little story that the reader can enter into.
I knit but am by no means an expert so am often looking for something simple and easy to keep my hands busy. This book in particular has me inspired by the beautiful yarns! The hand dyed colour variations are just divine and I have picked up my needles starting on Pam Allen’s simple cardigan Silene.
Loop is more than just a yarn shop. It is a place of social exchange, a hub and also a source of inspiration if you are a crafter or an artist. I often recommend my friends to go there just to look at the colours – it’s a great place to lift the spirits.
Many of you may have noticed the pattern previews for Loop’s 10 on Ravelry, where you can see Kristin’s photography and all the final details of our Anniversary collection. We’re certainly getting excited and adding these patterns to our Ravelry queues and favourites!
We’re still taking pre-orders for Loop’s 10 – remember you have until 1st September to order and receive 10% off the price of the book. Place your order here, and please note, if you do order other items in the same transaction the entire order will be held at the shop and only dispatched when the book is available. If you wish to receive your other items sooner, please place two separate orders.
Now that you’ve read so much about them, you’ll be pleased to know that many of the custom colours are starting to arrive. We just had a delivery of Dye for Yarn’s Golden Beehive, and The Uncommon Thread Turbillion should be arriving any moment now – all this excitement means that we’re having another giveaway! (Competition now closed – but we’ll have lots more in the future so stayed tuned!)
This honey rich colour was used by Kirsten Kapur for the Islington Shawl, and with one skein you’re halfway there to knitting your own version! We’ll pick one winner to receive a skein of Golden Beehive, comment below letting us know your favourite shade of Dye for Yarn – ah we know it’s hard to pick just one! This competition will close Wednesday 19th August at midnight and we will announce a winner on the blog next week – good luck!
One final thing is to announce the winner of last week’s giveaway. This time it was one skein of the gorgeous custom colour from Old Maiden Aunt ‘The Angel Islington’, the yarn used by Ysolda Teague for her ‘Isokon’ fingerless mitts… and the winner is Mrs Robinson who says “Beautiful! I love Bitter Bug”. Congratulations! We’ll be in touch to let you know how you can claim your prize.
Until next week… Happy Knitting and Crocheting!