STORY

Olga Buraya-Kefelian and Vanessa Yap-Einbund were brought together in 2006 via the Internet through a shared passion for knitwear design. Their extensive conversations revealed a similar design sensibility and a desire to share this passion with the public.

As a child, Olga was surrounded by craft and started sewing and knitting at a very young age. An avid knitter, Vanessa admires Olga’s sense of style and her thoughtful designs. Vanessa states, “Every single stitch that glides through Olga’s fingers means something to her. She is always thinking about design and knitting. It’s in her being.” Olga, an established knitwear designer and Vanessa, a graphic designer and photographer, wish to encourage others to explore their modern interpretation of this craft.

Also collaborating in this endeavor is Kirsten Johnstone. An architect and designer based in Melbourne, Australia with a passion for modern efficient design, Kirsten explores this interest through a variety of techniques – built, knit, sewn, photographed and written. Kirsten’s minimalist aesthetic results in a deceptively simple, fresh and elegant response.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Olga Buraya-Kefelian a highly sought-after knitting instructor, has been knitting since the age of 4, and creating her own garments for the past 10 years. Olga believes each garment has its own story and purpose within the world of fashion. She enjoys the challenge that each garment brings. She has designed knitwear for Interweave Knits, Shibui yarn company, Spud & Chloe company as well as for Blue Sky Alpacas. Her work has graced the covers of numerous books, including Pure Knits: Sophisticated Designs in Shades of White. Olga currently resides with her husband and her cat in Japan. She documents her knitwear adventures at her website.

Vanessa Yap-Einbund is a San Francisco-based graphic designer/freelance photographer whose also an avid knitter. Her minimalistic approach to photography and composition often reflects a sense of clarity and peace to viewers. Vanessa’s first book, ‘flow’, is a photographic essay on fibers and textures. Vanessa has a gift of capturing yarns exquisite qualities in their simplest and basic form. Aside from photography and graphic design work, Vanessa is working on a series of traditional black and white prints using her lo-fi Diana camera. You can see more of her work on her website.

 

About the contributor

Kirsten Johnstone, an architect and designer based in Melbourne, Australia has a passion for modern efficient design. Kirsten explores her interest through a variety of techniques – built, knit, sewn, photographed and written. Kirsten’s minimalist aesthetic results in a deceptively simple, fresh and elegant response. Kirsten documents her crafty adventures on her website.