“…To knit is to create any number of items from one strand of fiber, a beautiful lesson in continuity and connection and in this workshop we will follow that strand back through the ages, feeling and discussing our intermingled histories through fiber, pattern, and tradition.”
About Morph Knitwear:
No seasons. No industry. No rules.
Morph Knitwear is the creation of Portland, Oregon based designer Angela Thornton. Angela melds artistry and utilitarianism to create handmade garments that challenge the traditional perception of knitwear, while retaining classic virtues of durability and timeless elegance.
Each garment is crafted using the highest quality fibers- including linen, wool, cashmere, silk, and cotton. Many Morph Knitwear pieces are unisex, focusing on the shape and texture of the fabric and its unique qualities and imperfections, rather than the perceived gender of the wearer.
Morph Knitwear is an extremely intimate expression of self and emotion, and as such perpetually changes and evolves. The concepts of individuality and intimacy used in the act of knitting endure over each evolution and are brought into relationship with the wearer- a personal communing between craftsman and customer through the knitted fibers of a garment.
Morph Knitwear is a return to the production of clothing as artisan craftsmanship, a challenge to the fashion industry’s churning belly of factory produced throw-away goods. We hope you will join our revolution.
Q- Tell us more about your mother raising sheep?
I grew up in an incredibly creative and crafty family, and my mom has spun yarn, felted, and knitted for as long as I can remember. When I was a tiny kid we had angora rabbits that she’d brush every day, collecting their downy hair in paper bags, and when there was enough we’d use drop spindles and spin yarn out of it. She only recently began raising sheep – she’s currently got two Cormo Wethers, funny guys with wonderful fleece and a deep love for peanuts. I’m hoping her herd will expand (I’m pushing for a black lamb so I can source some natural, undyed black fleece!) because I would love to begin producing more garments from fiber raised by my family.
We just heard about you being an instructor at Spirit Weavers 2017 gathering for Ancestral Knitting as well as classes you are offering in your studio in Portland. Can you tell us more about this specific, Ancestral Knitting workshop in your studio?
This workshop is divided into two four hour classes. Session one is Saturday March 11th and Sunday March 12th 2017, from 10am-2pm both days. Session two is Saturday April 22nd and Sunday April 23rd 2017, from 10am-2pm both days. (Both days of each session include a 45 minute lunch break!)
In this two session class we will cover casting on, the knit stitch, purl stitch, basic pattern reading, knitting in the round, basic shaping, and how to bind off at the end of a project. Each student will leave with the pattern for and beginnings of a project to be finished at home. All knitting needles and yarn will be provided as part of the registration fee – the yarn is specially provided by my mother and is spun from the sheep she raises on her micro-farm in Corvallis Oregon.
*Angela was recently a victim of theft in her studio and was luckily able to make some of her supplies and the costs of her finished work back, although a true setback to any artist and violation of her space.
One thing you may not know about Angela is that she has a weakness for cute babies and a large heart. A portion of every purchase you make with her goes to a donation towards and environmental, social and/or radical cause. Check out her current donation that your next purchase will go towards. Please help support her by sharing her information, pages, and buy her wonderful work.
Creator, Curator and Writer of THOT & Owner of Keven Craft Rituals, galley and boutique of handmade skincare products & metaphysical boutique in Eugene, OR. Erika is a fine artist, mother, lover of beer and a former roller derby player.