Crispina ffrench is rocking my craft world. The author of our upcoming book, The Sweater Chop Shop, Crispina recycles wool sweaters by sewing them into awe-inspiring new garments and home decor.
The photo below is a picture of part of my office, which is usually piled high with craft projects, props, and other space-consuming and beautiful things related to the books I'm currently designing. Today it is still filled with Crispina's art from Chop Shop. Those onion bags have been a conversation piece for about half a year — each one is filled with sweater scraps in a particular color family. The chapter opener page below shows you how we used those scraps!
While designing the pages and cover of The Sweater Chop Shop, I had the privilege of seeing lots of Crispina's work up close and personal, and it cast a spell. I studied her methods and all the surprising design ideas and details she brings to her work, and I have literally become obsessed with sewing from old sweaters. Next Monday I'll share some photos of things I've made using Crispina's techniques, but today I want to give you a sneak peek into the book. Below is a smattering of projects you can make from Crispina's step-by-step directions.
Crispina's work is so imaginative and full of whimsy that typical lifestyle photography didn't seem to do it justice. I decided to mix photography and illustration to create visuals that would complement her work. For each project I came up with an illustration concept on paper and then worked with photographer Kevin Kennefick to shoot the art with an eye to how it would fit within a composed illustration. Then I collaborated with illustrator Marguerite Sauvage to bring the concept to life. I couldn't be happier with the incredible art she delivered . . . and she was so delightful to work with, too.
Sorry to be a tease, but the book isn't available in stores until August. Put it on your calendar to buy this book, and prepare to be rocked!
Alethea Morrison, Creative Director