Claire-Anne O’Brien

October 26, 2012 § Leave a comment

The thing I love most about knitting is that it’s a craft that’s been handed down generation after generation.

We’re so attached to our smart phones, our iPads… Technology is king in today’s world, but the fact that we still take time to set aside our laptops and pick up our knitting needles and yarn is something I look forward to each day. The second thing I love the most about knitting is it’s utilitarian. Cold? Knit up a hat. Ugly couch? Knit up some cute pillows for accents. The possibilities between your knitting needles and yarn are endless.

I’m always very impressed by people who use knitting as art.

When I first saw Claire-Anne O’Brien’s incredible knitted furniture, I thought, “That’s amazing.” Then I thought, “And useful, too!” beautiful and utilitarian? My favorite combination!

all images this post © Claire-Anne O’Brien

Originally from Co.Cork, Ireland, Claire-Anne O’Brien is a textile designer based in East London. After graduating from Central Saint Martins in 2006 with a BA in Textiles, Claire-Anne went on to gain an MA in Knitted Textiles at the Royal College of Art in 2010. In 2011 she received the Future Makers Award from the Crafts Council of Ireland. With a sculptural approach to textiles, Claire-Anne explores form, construction and scale through the unique properties of knitted fabrics.

Check out her website here.


A reminder that Nadine will be at VK Live in Chicago this weekend in the StevenBe booth. Steven and Nadine will also be presenting Fiber Fusion on Saturday and Sunday so be sure to stop by and say hello. Nadine will also be doing a KNIT NOTES book signing on Saturday from 1-2pm.

Hope to see you there!


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