CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR CREATIVE BACKGROUND?
I grew up in a small town in Australia, and moved to Edinburgh in 2013. Back in Australia I studied Design, majoring in Fashion and Textiles, at the University of Technology, Sydney, where I was encouraged to further my interest in knitwear and knitted textiles. I have always enjoyed knitting, but became more interested in machine knitting so took that passion and ran with it. I've also done a fair bit of work behind the scenes in craft sales and development, which has helped me build my business and gives me the opportunity to take a step back when I need to.
CAN YOU GIVE US AN INSIGHT INTO YOUR PRACTICE AND WHAT YOU DO?
As a knitwear designer I am more likely to get inspiration from the yarn, rather than from sketching and patterns. I tend to take the raw materials and get started directly at my domestic knitting machine. It's rickety and has a mind of its own, but that just means I get happy accidents that lead towards the final product. At the moment I mostly make custom orders, but have a range of colourful hats that represent the colourful aspect of my work - where everything is mismatched and you can't be missed. As much as possible I use recycled yarns, as well as locally sourced yarns, and aim to be a zero waste studio. I unravel samples to create pompoms, and keep all scraps to use as thread when needed.
ANY EXCITING PROJECTS OR EVENTS YOU HAVE ON THE HORIZON?
The end of 2017 was busy with Christmas markets, particularly Flock at The Barn in Banchory and Tea Green Christmas Market over in Glasgow. I'm looking forward to business development at the start of 2018; there are a few projects in the pipeline I can't give away yet, but the K.Moods brand will be expanding!
WHAT MAKES EDINBURGH A GOOD CITY TO BE BASED?
I've lived in Edinburgh for 4 years now, and find it to have a great community for creatives, especially knitwear. The strong sense of community is great for collaboration and for seeking help and advice whenever I've needed it. Edinburgh has definitely been the place for me to start my business, and I don't see myself leaving anytime soon.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO PEOPLE THINKING OF PURSUING A CAREER IN THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES?
Have a plan, but be prepared not to stick to it. Join groups such as Creative Edinburgh, and put yourself out there as much as possible. Don't be afraid of Imposter Syndrome, everyone is working towards a similar goal of happiness and success in the creative industries, and we are all going through the ups and downs that brings!
Find out more about Kathleen's work, and shop her designs online, here