A new design can start from anything that sparks our imagination.  It can be something we see everyday, from the rural farmland on the way to the local airport, to St Magnus Cathedral which we pass on our way to the studio or our coastal harbour in Kirkwall, to something which we encounter on our travels.  Often its a fleeting moment captured on camera such as the night sky, a fragment of old wall paper hidden by time or rock formations.
Here on Orkney, we are surrounded by an abundance of inspiration, however we see this differently to how you might expect.  Known for it’s archaeological history and beautiful landscapes, we try to delve deeper into our local landscape and look closely at the effects the extreme climates can have on Orkney.  To  overlooked places, such as empty houses to coastal erosions with the bright colours in rusted beach finds and chipped paint on drift wood.
  Take a closer look at our inspiration for our latest lambswool collections including our new Kids & Home collections below.

Brandit collection inspiration.

The latest, mainline lambswool collection was inspired by the coastal patterns found during island adventures.  Looking closely at the patterns in nature from rocks & seaweed, to the force of the tides on sand, to  the effects the climate has on paint, stonework and empty crofts found around our coast.  The research for this collection was similar to our Cashmere collection, however for lambswool we focus on pattern and how we can translate these through a use of bold colours.

Brandit twist in Zinc/Black

St Magnus Cathedral flooring and Voar collection inspiration.

Exploring a local landmark, the St Magnus cathedral, led to seeing this beautiful stone, tile and marbled floor in a whole new light.  Add some retro colours and the design literally just jumped out at us!

Voar Jumpers

Kids collection inspiration – Kids drawings and wooden building blocks.

Triggered by our Kids ‘Design a Scarf’ Competition held late last year, our new Kids collection started by viewing the world from a kids perspective.  From playing with the simple shapes and colours of old wooden building blocks to observing how kids explore the sky, sea and their world through drawings.

Check out the full Kids collection on our website.

Mini Shapes twist scarf and headband.

Home collection inspiration.

The Home Collection started with a love of traditional hand making skills including blackwork and needlework. This reminded Kirsteen of summers spend with her Grandmother, Dolly.  Nostalgic memories of a time punctuated with hours looking after the family garden, watching seeds grow followed by evenings spent knitting, sewing and playing cards.  Looking closer at our surrounding environment and empty houses we started to explore the patterns which replicated those found in our gardens in metal drain covers to nets used in fishing, even stonework on paving and houses to old wallpaper pealing off the walls in an old house.

Home Collection – Flyan cushion and Kinshy throw.

Earlier this year we also won the opportunity to have our knitwear sampled in Cashmere in collaboration with Hawick Knitwear through Scotland Re:Designed and we discussed our inspiration for this collection previous blog click here for more details.

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