Today we welcome Fiona Ellis to the blog to share her experience with 10 years of Twist!
Anniversaries are often a time for reflection, for looking back and remembering where you were when aren’t they?
I have a particular interest in celebrating this special Twist milestone anniversary. As I am terrifically proud to have been working with Twist for all 10 of those years. I was with them right from the very start and have published a total of 34 patterns with them and feel honoured to have been featured in almost every single issue.
When Kate dreamed up the idea for Twist in was in the early days of PDF pattern downloads and nobody was doing royalty sharing with designers at the time. It was a ground-breaking idea and I remember wondering how it was going to work. In spite of this I totally believed in Kate and so I jumped at the chance to work with her team on this exciting new project.
As the launch date rolled around, during the summer of 2008, I was traveling in Italy…I know it’s a tough life eh? So on the day that the very first issue went live I had to find an Internet café to be able to see it on-line. It’s difficult to imagine now, not having a phone in my pocket, allowing me to access all the things that we now almost take for granted - boy how things have changed! I was so excited to see the first issue, and then….super excited to see that my design “Bonnie” graced the cover of that premier issue! I was just thrilled to bits!
Bonnie is one of my most popular patterns and it is a design that I’m still really proud of. I love the Celtic knot cable, the asymmetric pattern placement and the non-identical sleeves. It showcases design elements that I like to return to on an on-going basis, trying to discover new ways to interpret them. You can read more about my love of Celtic knot cables here: [https://www.twistcollective.com/collection/blog/138-design-process/740-gwendolyn75]
Twist has always been about seeking out designs and patterns that have a unique stamp of the designer on them. They have provided designers with a forum that enables us to showcase our ideas and have those ideas portrayed in the most beautiful fashion. They have encouraged many newer designers, which in turn give the knitter access to a wider variety of ideas.
Looking back over all the designs that I have done for Twist I can observe my evolution as a designer and I am also aware of which ideas and themes I am drawn to.
You can read my answers to the 5 questions posed during the 5th anniversary period here: [https://www.twistcollective.com/collection/blog/133-five-for-five/1521-five-questions-with-fiona-ellis]
It has been, and continues to be, a wonderful experience to work with the whole team at Twist. It’s been hugely successful for me as a designer on both an artistic and financial level - both elements that Kate was trying to address as she set out to breathe life into this endeavour. Many Congratulations on your 10th anniversary Twist…I look forward to continuing to work with you as you build on your amazing success!