Katelyn Hankinson creates a beautiful range of contemporary knits for her label, Fringe & Bow. She’s making the trip down from Brisbane next weekend to participate in her first Bowerbird Design Market. Be sure to say hi and pick up a winter woollen before the weather turns cold. In the meantime, read on to find out more about Katelyn and her work…
Tell us about your work?
Fringe & Bow specialises in designing and making contemporary handmade knits for you and your space.
The brand was developed to create an avenue for my love of knitwear and passion for design to merge. Each piece is lovingly handmade by me in Brisbane, using crochet or knit based techniques. To date, the Fringe & Bow collection includes cozy winter wearables, necklaces, tote bags and home decor items — each consciously designed to minimise material wastage, without sacrificing aesthetics.
Fringe & Bow’s goal is to combine traditional crafts, with a modern edge and cuddly yarn, to create uniquely stylish pieces — fondly known as little handmade hugs.
Could you share a little about your creative practice?
When I was roughly 8 years old my grandmother, Jeanie, taught me to knit and before long she was teaching me to crochet. I spent many happy hours watching her perfect these skills, her passion and dedication to her craft spurred me on to make things for myself. From there, a lifelong addiction was born. I am a keen advocate for the use of handmade, analogue techniques in a digital age. By day I am a graphic designer and it’s been a long held dream of mine to have a brand of my own to foster. The Fringe & Bow brand allows me to experiment with my own design style, whilst creating handmade knitwear dedicated to the makers who taught me.
Do you have a favourite piece of your own work that will be available at Bowerbird?
It’s hard to choose a favourite piece, because each design is special in its own way, but if I had to pick one… it would be my Pebble Cowl. This was the first crochet pattern I designed for Fringe & Bow and they just happen to be one of my favourite pieces to wear — I’ll always have a soft spot for them.
Which other stallholders will you be visiting at Bowerbird?
Emma Kate Co. — I’m a massive fangirl of her work, such lovely stationery goodies!
Crayon Chick — I already have an embarrassingly large collection of Michelle’s pieces, but there’s always room for one more!
Bowerbird is celebrating #10YearsintheMaking in 2019. Where were you 10 years ago? What are your plans for the next decade?
10 years ago I was busy completing the third and final year of my graphic design degree at University. It’s scary to think it’s been that long, because it certainly doesn’t feel like it!
My plans for the next decade are to combine my design industry, small business and ‘maker’ knowledge that I’ve accumulated over the years and use them to forge my own unique creative career path. I’m excited to see where it takes me and how I’ll adapt to the challenges that lie ahead.
Bowerbird Design Market
3 – 5 May | Adelaide Showground