Yesterday hopefully some of you will have seen that I opened up a bank holiday giveaway over on Instagram. I am giving away a Yarn Pyramid Print to one lucky follower. The Yarn Pyramid Prints are pretty special, they come all the way from the USA and are hand made using a hand cranked letterpress. The designer behind them is Karen AKA Fringe Association. I have been following Karen’s blog since it started, she takes beautiful photos, sells amazing products and I have greatly enjoyed watching her business grow over the last few years. I really wanted to get to know a bit more about how she got into doing what she does so I asked her to answer a couple of questions. Over to Karen.
Please introduce yourself.
I’m a graphic designer turned editor turned blogger-merchant.
When and why did you start blogging?
I’ve been blogging since time immemorial, under various guises. But I started Fringe Association (which was originally called yarnover.me) at the tail end of 2011, just a couple of months after I learned to knit, as an outlet for exploring and documenting it and hopefully to make some knitting friends.
Did you always know you wanted to start Fringe Supply Co.?
When a friend in Nashville taught me to knit that year, I was excited to explore yarn stores and products and blogs and everything, and it was surprisingly difficult to find the kinds of things I had assumed would exist. So I began fantasizing about opening the yarn store I had expected to find, decided to give it a go as a little limited-focus webshop instead, and that’s how Fringe Supply Co was born. I wanted to both produce and aggregate the sorts of supplies I was seeking, and make them available to others like me who might be looking for them too. Thankfully it turns out a lot of people like the kind of stuff I was after! So it’s worked out well.
Your product designs are really unique, did you study design?
My degree is in graphic design but I’m a lifelong fan of industrial design and interior design (and fashion), have studied and written quite a bit about both. Ironically, the only discipline I never took any interest in while I was in art school was the fiber department.
You sell your products all over the world, if you could follow an item to any destination where would it be?
Morocco, hands down. I’ve never shipped anything there, but if someone were to order I would definitely wish to hand deliver it. Although Brighton would be pretty lovely!
Thanks to Karen for sharing and please check out her blog, it’s really inspiring. And don’t forget if you would like to win a Yarn Pyramid Print you need to follow @___yak (three underscores) on instagram and repost our giveaway picture with the hashtag #yakgiveaway. Entries must be in by 26th August 12pm BST.