Desiree Jeans’ inspiration comes from the beauty in everyday things she sees. The shapes and contours in her work have been influenced by items as varied as seashells to streetlamps.
The process used to create is crucial, with the act of handcrafting being key. The hand aesthetic should be apparent in the finished work.
Using simple knit stitches and shaping techniques Desiree creates sculptural, hand-knitted garments and accessories from natural fibres.
Desiree creates many smaller samples, testing the techniques to see how she can manipulate the yarn and the stitches, before deciding on a larger piece to be made up. The final making up almost becomes a meditative process as each new stitch is created in repetition.
Desiree is fascinated by making garments without seams, with most of the shaping created during the knitting process. The contours aren’t rigid; they should move and bend with the human form inside, and return to their original shape when still.
SPACE (Bath Spa University magazine), April 2013 (to access the full magazine, please click here)