Here at Selvedge we're getting excited about all of the wonderful artisans joining us at the Selvedge Fair in Edinburgh this August. One of our exhibitors is the luxury knitwear designer Flora Collingwood-Norris, and we recently caught up with her with a quick Q&A in advance of the show...
What made you start working with textiles?
I first started knitting when I was six, taught by my mum. I loved it, and started learning embroidery, crochet, bobbin lace making and sewing, but found my passion was still knitwear. I have always loved knit, and enjoy being able to make the fabric and garment at the same time, creating textures and patterns as I go. There are so many possibilities...
What inspires you?
The landscapes of Scotland, constantly. I live in the Scottish Borders and it’s a beautiful rural area, with so much rich textile and knitwear history. My current 'Islands' Collection has been inspired by childhood holidays on the isles of Mull and Iona, and the stunning colours of land and sea there, playing on beaches, and walks in the rain.
What is your favourite part of the process?
I love being able to design and make something from start to finish, so I enjoy each bit of it because of that. Finding the best quality yarns that are spun in Scotland gives me the satisfaction of knowing that everything going into my products is of the highest quality.
What’s the hardest part?
The business side! I would love to spend all my time designing and making.
If you could fly anywhere in the world tomorrow where would you go and why?
I’m trying not to fly unnecessarily these days to reduce my environmental impact. So I would drive north in Scotland, and go to islands on the West coast - the most beautiful part of the world!
What’s your favourite colour?
Blue! All shades of it, particularly sea blues.
What are you reading at the moment?
Slave to Fashion, by Saffia Minney.
To find our more about the Selvedge Edinburgh Fair this August 19th, click here.