08 December 2011

A Conversation with Katherine of Oscar and George

Don't you love this gorgeous little monster?  Knitted in mustard merino, so teary and needing a cuddle! Katherine of Oscar&George took her original inspiration for her product range from a series of drawings by her pre-school children and handknitted and embroidered them into reality - gorgeous!  Here, Katherine tells us more about her creative world...

Who is {Oscar&George}?

When kids are learning to draw they always come up with the cutest little creations. I used to love looking at what my two would come up with next, and really wanted to do something engaging with them. When we moved to Christchurch I finally had the time to spend on it and started knitting up some patterns from their drawings. I’ve since made the little Felt Pocket Monsters to have them together as a group because they are all so cute!

What’s your “handmade groove ?”

I love anything creative, and have always been a sewer, but until Oscar&George didn’t really like knitting. I’ve since taught myself crochet as well. I love prints and textiles and, well anything really!

What’s on your bedside table right now? (hey, no tidying up or censoring)

To be honest, nothing, (apart from dust). I don’t spend time relaxing in there so just use it to put my phone on when I collapse into bed.

Who are your creative role models? What music, books, images, poetry spark your creative fire?

I see so many on Etsy, Pinterest, and sites like FindersKeepers. Fabric and craft shops too, I love the tactile inspiration that comes from walking through a fabulous fabric shop.

What could you talk late into the night about with like minded people?

Design, furniture, textiles

If you could go to three free workshops/creative events this year which ones would they be? What are they about?

Marketing myself. I suck at it. Printing textiles and paper products. Would be great to learn some awesome product photography tips too.

How do you balance your creative life with your family, life commitments?

It’s a little easier now I’m working from home, but raising two kids by yourself while working is always going to be a bit of a challenge. When my oldest started school the load got a little lighter, but I totally don’t have the time to finish all the things I want to and find myself not sleeping and thinking about that instead. Vicious cycle!

What is your favourite creative screw-up?

Can’t think of anything off the top of my head!

Kitchen table or studio?

Lucky enough to have a studio space in our house. I have just recovered (badly) an incredibly comfy retro chair that I can sit at by the windows looking out into the garden, but am mostly at my desk as I tend to alternate between craft and computer. There is too much to do!

Do you have a wish list? Can you tell us what’s on it?

Just a bigger house, more space and much much more cool fabric. Oh and a few more hours in the day would be nice too.

You can find Oscar&George products... here
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  1. Just so absolutely adorable! Love your creations. Thanks NZ Handmade for alerting me to yet another talented kiwi! Right I'm off to Like her page. :)

  2. Your little guys are so cute! :-)


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