Here's what I wrote in the Introduction to the collection:
The art movement known as Art Nouveau began in the late 1800s and lasted until the First World War. Its lasting influence spread to all manner of decorative objects, from posters and book covers to furniture and architecture. Artists of Art Nouveau were inspired by flowing lines as well as themes from nature; flowers, trees, and insects were common motifs. These artists sought to bring beauty to ordinary objects, to make artistic expression part of everyday life and not limited to the more traditional forms of art such as painting and sculpture. Table lamps, chair backs, jewelry, staircase railings, clocks, cutlery—all became a means to express the New Art.
This collection of knitted shawls is inspired by the organic beauty, the new lines of Art Nouveau. When finished, I hope each shawl adds its own delicate art to the wearer.
And a fitting quote from a British artist of the period:
“Line is all-important. Let the designer, therefore, in the adaptation of his art, lean upon the staff of line—line determinative, line empathic, line delicate, line expressive, line controlling and uniting.”
--Walter Crane, 1889
The first pattern, The Sinuous Line, is a top-down triangle worked in fingering weight yarn. It is shown here in Claudia Hand Painted Fingering in Turquoise. The individual pattern can be purchased here on Ravelry.
I hope you find this new collection beautiful and inspiring!