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Two friends who with a wheel and wool skeins, not only create unique handmade yarns but also life stories, theirs. As the wheel rotates and their fingers regulate fibre, their days start to take shape too. Hours of spinning hours of life. Wool, yarn, children, hopes, commitments and goals.
They have made wonderful yarns for DHG. A classic and soothing beauty. Precious skeins that make you want to immediately pick up the needles! Here they are in these photos; enjoy them along with the interview.
We got to know them better thanks to a fantastic project that created a new Mood. The Ze:na Mood inspired by their city, Genoa. It’s with great pleasure that we introduce them to you. Happy Reading!
You are two women, two mums, two wives. How do you keep everything together by doing the work you do?
Good question! To one with have no answer to, at least for now! The explanation that by now after some years we give to ourselves, is that we ‘float’ between one thing and another, we feel a bit like tightrope walkers in some periods. We have given ourselves a new rule, which is not to take up more than 2 weekends a month for work, and then what we manage to do in a day is greatly appreciated. One thing for sure is that we wouldn’t have been able to and won’t be able to carry out our projects without the help of our families, but to get here, looking around, in the end the fact that we literally create something every day, is a nice message to send to our children and why not to our partners too. The fact that in our homes for better or for worse, there are corners - or rooms – full of colour, material, curious looking tools to make something simply “beautiful” which in itself has a value as well as in fact a little bit of organised mess and a few clumps of fibres scattered around.
Wool is your greatest passion, how did it start?
We love to match different natural fibres with our yarns, and over time and lots of curiosity we have learnt to know the characteristics, value and defects. Obviously, it wouldn’t be fair to say that we consider wool better than noble fibres such as alpaca, mohair or even cashmere… but in the end, out of all the commercial or handcrafted threads that have passed through our hands, the wool ones never disappoint. Perhaps its appeal lies within the unique versatility, the varieties it can be found in, the extraordinary properties that hide behind its humble origins, but it is in fact our favourite. How did we find out? It was the first one that we knitted with, spun, carded, washed and smelt and from those moments it’s like telling never-ending stories every time.
Handmade yarns, are there many studies behind the choice of fibres and colours to use?
In most cases, yes, it’s rare to make yarns instinctively, simply by matching colours and creating a random shape. We usually study the materials first of all, which can be used to reach an aesthetic effect or necessary to use. At the same time, we think about the title and the structure we want to give to the thread, and of course the combination of colours and if we want to start with dyed fibres or mixed carded ones… so many decisions in fact, but each step is stimulating. Moreover, after all the attempts it’s rare that we don’t like the outcome, and so we started making small collections rather than a single yarn, matching colour palettes or thickness and different techniques, but interesting, at least to our taste!
What emotions did your first yarn give you?
Great strain and frustration, aching hands and shoulders, but also satisfaction and affection for that bundle of knobbly and twisted wool. Still today we ask ourselves “but why do we like this?” and we still don’t have a clear and rational answer. A little is the peacefulness of the act of spinning, the feeling that the whole world remains outside and your mind is focused on the flowing of the fibres and on the rotational and consistent movement. A meditation in motion. Certainly the satisfaction of creating something, transforming a project into reality is exciting, and then finding out that with our yarn we make other creators happy, who in turn can make something simply wonderful and fulfilling for themselves is the best. It makes you feel like a diffusor of well-being.
You are trying to bring the Fibe Art Movement into Italy, what stage of this mission are you at?
It's tough. The Italian creative genius is unique in the world, but not for this certain mentalities manage to make it big here too. We have always been fascinated by the daring and innovative creations by some foreign artists, but in fact, at least from the experiences we have had so far in the courses, in Italy hardly anyone approached spinning with the idea of creating artistic works or to be so bold as to use exceptional materials and shapes. Even those who buy artistic yarns, stay within refined and plain aesthetics, and in any case designed for a precise project, be it knitted, loomed or other. This is by no means a negative opinion but more a statement, maybe in a few years tastes will change and we’ll get closer to the international mood, or maybe not, we will simply keep our Italian peculiarity… and we’ll continue to experiment!
Lanivendole is the name that distinguishes and identifies you. How did you come up with it?
The name was given to us in Florence, it kind of speaks for itself; we were there at a fair, and talking about our project over dinner, little more than a dream at the time, and a friend replied in a distinctive Florentine accent: “so in the end you are wool sellers” ‘lanivendole’ … and for us, lucidly, this name proved to be a revelation. It felt right immediately.
Such passion could only make us want an ad hoc project. So we didn’t let the opportunity pass us by and asked the Lanivendole to help us produce video tutorials on hand spinning.
If you fancy trying your hand at this wonderful technique then this video is for you!