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The artist and designer Dee Hardwicke finds endless inspiration in the natural world and is renowned for her beautiful ceramics, stationery and knits. Now Dee’s latest book, Colourwork Knits, features her first knitwear collection, with stunning designs inspired by nature.
Published by Quail Studio.
Knitted with Rowan yarns.
Photography by Jesse Wild.
Dee Hardwicke's Little Colour Knits
As an artist I am always exploring new designs and my inspiration comes from the natural landscape. My studio is in the historic market town of Monmouth, where I am surrounded by the beauty of the Welsh Marches. I am inspired by leaves, flowers, seedlings... all these things are around me and attract me in different ways at different times of the year.
In some seasons it is the pure colour that catches my attention: vibrant reds, glinting golds or earthy browns in autumn, or the fresh greens, sharp blues and citrus yellows of spring. At other times, it is the stark outline of shape and form.
I have always had a love for yarns, and having knitted with Rowan yarns and patterns it wasn’t long before I began to wonder what would happen when my motifs were translated in knitted form.
With the help of Georgina Park, whose knit and design experience made her the perfect partner, we began to develop my initial charts into patterns and explore which of my other motifs could be translated into stitch. Rowan yarns, with their great range of colours, seemed another perfect partner.