Tracy Roul is a Canadian crochet designer with a store called Castaway Collection. She makes an array of goodies from ponchos to pillow cases. I dag er jeg glad for at dele med dig et interview med denne awesome dame, som hun deler hvordan følelser inspirere hendes arbejde, hendes fantastisk oplevelse at hækle med kvinder på et krisecenter og meget mere om hendes arbejde. And at the end of the interview you’ll find a special discount code for my readers!
CROCHETBLOGGER: I read that you were inspired to learn to crochet by the women at the Qimaavik Women’s Shelter. Can you share more about what that was like and how crocheting was a benefit to them? It seems so powerful!
My father lives in Iqaluit, NU and I would work there during the summers to help support the cost of university. I was completing a Degree in Social Work so this position at the women’s shelter was a very good fit for me. I have since convocated with a Master of Social Work from Memorial University of Newfoundland.
My experience at the Qimaavik Women’s Shelter was certainly very powerful and one I will not forget. The women (many with children) had to leave everything they had and knew in order to protect themselves and their family from violence. This shelter serves women not only from Iqaluit but also the surrounding communities which are only accessible via airplane.
As you can imagine, this is a terribly difficult time in which the women often turned to each other for support. The women often sat around crocheting individually as a source of income. Fibre arts are very popular in the northern communities and the creations are just astonishing! But very quickly I could see how the women began to bond and trust each other. De havde mulighed for at udveksle historier med andre, der kunne forstå kompleksiteten i at leve i en situation med vold. Meget snart, disse kvinder blev lærer for mig at tage en stor ære i at dele denne traditionelle kunstform. Jeg følte mig så velsignet at blive inkluderet i denne cirkel og føler virkelig, at denne oplevelse hjalp os alle vokse ind i en fyldigere person,. Jeg så virkelig frem til disse eftermiddage og er stadig forbløffet over at reflektere over dette hjælper proces.
CROCHETBLOGGER: Wow. Hvad en vidunderlig oplevelse! Kan du fortælle os lidt om de elementer, du hækle?
Jeg har altid været tiltrukket af elementer, der er klassisk smuk. Da min fætter foreslog, at jeg åbner en butik på Etsy, Jeg virkelig ønskede at udvikle en kollektion, der var tidløs. Jeg havde tit hæklede baby-hatte og tæpper som gaver, men jeg kunne se, at åbne en butik ville være en god pasform med mig. Jeg designe stykker, der er beregnet til at blive brugt. Jeg elsker at forestille en af mine tæpper draperet over en sofa eller en af mine nyfødte hatte som den første ting, en forælder lægger på deres lille baby, før de forlader huset. Og jeg elsker tanken om design stykker for fotografer, da de fleste nyfødte fotografer elsker at fange en tidløs foto, og jeg tror, at mine brikkerne passer med denne kunstform også.
CROCHETBLOGGER: Du tilbyder en masse gode hækling elementer til babyer. Har du nogen babyer i dit eget liv, der inspirerer dit arbejde?
Julen Hæklet Flapper Beanie til babyer
Jeg er en stolt mor til to dejlige børn! Min datter Mirah er nu 3 år. She is just a little doll and sometimes a diva too! My son Jonas is 1 ½ years old and keeps his mom and dad busy. He loves to climb and thinks that he is just hilarious. Life is good and I am so thankful to be able to stay at home with my children for at least another year. I love creating crocheted treasures for my children, many of which have not reached my shop yet. This gives me the opportunity to “test” designs and rework them too.
CROCHETBLOGGER: Where else do you get inspiration for your crochet? I know that you don’t use patterns so can you tell us a little bit about your design process?
I am most often inspired by feelings: the feeling of warmth, kærlighed, and care. My pieces remind me of my grandmother, of a hot cup of tea, and of snuggles under a granny square blanket – all crafted with love with memories. This is the feeling I want to share with my customers; this is where my inspiration comes from. I try to capture this feeling in each and every piece I create from my pixie-styled newborn hats to my granny square pillow covers.
Colors are also very important to me. I am not afraid to use color but I am really drawn to neutral and classic color combinations. I try to make sure that my color choices are going to work in the daily lives of my customers. Take for example my Caribbean Fantasy Blanket. This blanket show cases bright but classic colors of cream, lime green, and orange that I think would fit into the homes of many. And cream, I cannot get enough cream!
Og endelig, I am based out of Torbay, Newfoundland, Canada and it is no surprise that inspiration for my shop name came from living so close to the wonderful Atlantic Ocean. I also wanted to connect my work to my home with each collection piece being named after a part of our sea-bound culture.
CROCHETBLOGGER: Congrats on the great response to your new business. What tips do you have for other crafters who are trying to generate interest in their handmade items?
Castaway Collection Crochet Headband with Feather
Stick with it! I can hardly believe that I opened my shop doors less than 3 måneder siden. The response I have received has just been amazing which reaffirms that I am on the right track with my business. I think that it is important for crafters to really narrow their focus and create some signature pieces. This helps create familiarity and assist with your branding.
And social networking is so important. Tro mig, I am no pro but simple things like creating a facebook fan page, twitter account, og blog have helped my enormously. Efter alt, people need to know about you before they can buy!
And one more tip – be yourself. Let people into your life a little. I think the most powerful connection is when we connect with our hearts. I have found this to be true about all relationships whether in my professional life as a social worker, my personal life, and now within my cyber life.
CROCHETBLOGGER: You have some great crochet cowls for women. I’m curious what your opinion is of the current trend of crochet cowls for men.
Castaway Collection Infinity Scarf / Cowl
I have toyed with the idea of creating cowls for men. Jeg elsker dem! But only in classic man colors like gray, brun, navy, or black and they can’t be too chunky. I think it really depends upon the man and his style in terms of pulling this one off!
CROCHETBLOGGER: Is there anything else you want to make sure people know about your work or store?
Come visit and if you don’t see what you are looking for just contact me! I do create custom orders and would love to bring your visions to life. And be sure to sign up and follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and my Blog as I offer exclusive deals and discounts directly to my fans that are not always available at my shop.
CROCHETBLOGGER: Endelig, what is one thing that you really want people to know about crochet?
Crocheting is an art form. It really has stood the test of time and is being reinvented every day.
Tracy has generously offered my readers an exclusive coupon code for 15% off any order. Just enter Coupon Code: CROCHETLOVERS in the “notes to seller.”
Find Tracy online:
Tracy Roul, Creative Owner
The Shop: http://www.castawaycollection.etsy.com
The Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/castawaycollection
The Tweets: http://www.twitter.com/castawayshop