Histoire de l'artiste
My art is hand knitting. I learned to knit as little girl from my mother who learned to embroider from her mother. I learned to pay attention to details and finish things properly. It is a good way to relax and I love the process. It is very therapeutic, very quieting and with the rhythm of the needles, in five to ten minutes if something is bothering me, I just feel different afterwards.
I usually start the process in my head by thinking about the yarn I have and what it could make. Sometimes I will just start without knowing where it will go – I just fool around with the needles and new stitches and then decide what I am going to make. I am inspired by just seeing the product finally finished based on the idea in my head. It never turns out exactly like expected but most of the time I am pleased with end product.
I would say my story is in the beauty of the stitches. I use all different stitches and love the detail in a hand-made garment and that is what shows up in my work. I can express myself in design or in the stitch and make something beautiful. It is finished according to my standards and always one of a kind.
Paula Lannon has been knitting hand made items since she was a little girl. Born in Gander Newfoundland, Paula now lives Inuvik NT where she has adopted various natural materials to work into her knitting practise. She has worked extensively with Qiviuq and enjoys making one of a kind items for others to enjoy and wear. She participated in the Great Northern Arts Festival in July 2011 where she was awarded the distinction of most promising emerging artist.