Kimie Okinoi




Knitting & Stitching Show

The 2001 Knitting & Stitching Show:

exhibited work



My approach to Knitting: Usually, my inspiration comes from nature and my surroundings. I enjoy the seasonal smells that add vitality to the things we see. I try as much as possible to absorb the colours and shapes which I see, and I use them as basis for my making. When I have a brief image or idea that I want to carry out, I dye the fleece and spin it. I then start to look for the appropriate choice of knitting method.

I pay most of my attention to the mixing of colours, combining yarns with different qualities together, and searching for new types of material. When I felt sure that I could manage to make these elements work together in my work, I felt as if I had come one step nearer to nature. 
Making is not such an easy road to travel, and often I have to struggle a fair amount to find the answers. In the process of making, however, I make many small discoveries, and this gives me a lot of pleasure and the encouragement to push myself forwards. 
Through my current piece -'Recycle' - I realized that, in fact, many new materials are lying around us without us noticing them. I would like to bring these unusual materials into my work more frequently, and I am looking for new opportunities to do this. 
Message: To be able to show my work abroad is a most unexpected joy. Taking part in our exhibition at the 'Knitting and Stitching Show' will encourage me enormously. 
It will be a wonderful experience (I hope) to hear comments about my work from British people and to encounter different points of view. I am delighted to have such a special opportunity and I am looking forward to meeting with many people and seeing the other work and stalls at the show.