Welcome, Gabriela Serigatto!
Look out, world! The one and only Gabriela Serigatto has arrived in New York. This Brazilian designer was based in Seattle for a year, creating fantastic absurdist garments in sculptural crochet. And what a collection! Her headwear series suggests strange organic growths, marvelous shapes protruding from the wearer's head, Martian flowers, animal horns, dangling monocles, mysterious lumps.
Gabriela uses an earthy, subdued palette—whites, beiges, earth tones--which only increases the creepiness factor and the beauty, the illusion that each piece is an extension of the human wearing it. Her body wear is similarly lumpy and odd, enfolding, draping about, and sometimes tying the wearer up, in a strangely natural and erotic way.
Gabriela does draw on nature as her inspiration, but, no slave to prettiness, Gabriela lets inspiration come from pictures of dead animals as well as of botanical marvels like tubular pitcher plants and simple salads.
Gabriela desigs pieces for The Yarn Company in our exclusive and other yarns, and teaches crochet to lucky Yarn Company customers!
Laura Zukaite for The Yarn Company
The Yarn Company is taking off into the world of crochet, with designs by the ever-talented Laura Zukaite.
Born in Lithuania and trained at Parsons, Laura Zukaite is the founder of the Golden Girl online group and author of Luxe Knits (Lark 2009) and Luxe Knits: the Accessories (Lark 2010). Her designs are mind-blowing, but Laura insists that practice is everything. She has been knitting since she was five and, she says, has never put the needles down. (We believe it! Her designs are awesome.)
Her delicate cowl is cinematically sepia in Lorna's Laces exclusive Yarn Company colorway Buildings and Sky, with Shepherd's Sock for the body and Helen's Lace for the trim. Then there is Laura's snug-fitting sweater, with its fascinating faux skirt--- perfect in Madelinetosh Vintage Midnight in Manhattan, and worth wearing into the wee hours. Laura's snuggly but sexy boots, which come almost up to the knee, use Lorna's Laces Shepherd's Worsted, in Toxic Waste. .