Seeing Double

As you know, I’ve been working on a double knitting piece. This is the drawing that inspired it –

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There is a theme of spirals (I know. Shocking isn’t it. Me and spirals who’d have thought?!) and is an idea I’ve had in my head for a while. Now I’ve got the space to draw and play, it’s really fuelling my work. It reminds me of some of the drawings by Dr Seuss I loved when I was small. Trees with curls at the top and hands and fins that end in sweeps.

So what did this inspire?

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This is all curl and swirl and I love knitting it. There is plenty of interest to make this addictive. I’ve made the repeat so that when I finish the first one,  it can be rotated along a vertical axis, meaning the 2nd repeat is a mirror of the first. This gave me the inspiration for the design’s name. Lesieg. I used Dr Seuss as my starting point. Theodor Geisel – the man behind the nom de plume – also used the pen name “Lesieg” for some of his early work. “Lesieg” is the mirror of “Geisel” and utterly perfect for a design that mirrors itself front and back and that was inspired by my earliest reading memories and life long love of Dr Seuss.


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