My all-time favorite jobs as a photographer are those that involve shooting artists’ spaces, and, of course, the artists that they house. So I was completely thrilled when Knit.1 asked me to pay a visit to designer Wenlan Chia’s studio in Manhattan to spend the day with her for a few portraits and studio shots. We had such a great time together – and I thought I’d share some of the shots with you, as I’m sure there are some big Twinkle fans out there.
She carries two other yarn lines, which I hadn’t ever experienced in person – and let me tell you, being surrounded by handknit samples of throws everywhere you turn isn’t a bad way to experience a new yarn either.
And while of course I had plenty of delicious knits around to keep my lens busy all day… there were certainly a few other things that I had a hard time keeping away from…
Wenlan’s dog, Milan, has a huge personality and wanted to be a part of the action all day. Aside from being a photogenic little canine, he serves as inspiration for many of Wenlan’s home designs as I soon found out.
I think I mentioned in a previous post about my Twinkle Chunky throw (Finished! Photos soon!) that I had come into a small stash of Soft Chunky in a special circumstance – well this is how. I saw these luscious throws in the studio and had to have one. And since Wenlan basically forced me to take yarn… what was I to do but gracefully oblige?
If you’d like to read up on Wenlan’s inspiring story, check out the article in the current issue of Knit.1 for more. My very own Chia-designer-throw will be featured here in just a few short days… if I can pull myself out from under it long enough for a photoshoot.
I hope you are all enjoying the holidays and giving your knitting some extra special face-time. It feels like the first time I’ve been able to take a breath and truly enjoy my knitting for some time. And it’s wonderful.
[If you haven’t gotten enough of Ms. Chia, see more photos from Twinkle here]