photo courtesy of Kristen, pattern featured is Audrey Totter, The Bad Girl
I have known Kristen Hanley Cardozo both personally and professionally since around 2007, when I joined Ravelry and was an administrator for a group we had in common (The Malabrigo Junkies). Kristen is a knitting pattern designer who seems to blend this sense of 1920's ease with bold color and organic, lightweight detail. When I started looking for designers for the first year of the Malabrigo Freelance Pattern Project, Kristen was one of my top choices. She truly turned out some gorgeous work (have you seen Understory?) So of course, when she joined Pinterest, I had to add her to my list of people to follow!
I love that she pins all sorts of whimsical, natural, inspirational and colorful things! Kristen seems to really have a love for the delicacy of nature, and she pins a lot of photography, but also garment and clothing design that captures that floating, lightweight feeling. In addition, she has a great sense of humor that sometimes borders on the slightly dark, slightly Victorian - it's fun to see all of the creepy little things she finds.
A quote from Kristen about her style:
"The majority of my style is influenced by three main interests: history, nature, and color. My taste in clothing tends toward autumnal colors, fitted silhouettes, and a smorgasbord approach to styles past. The palette I'd choose for my home is brighter. I have a strong fascination with nature and designs inspired by elements found in nature, as well as updated versions of stylistic elements in old fashioned furniture. As a city dweller, I also enjoy those elements of nature that survive in an urban environment. There tends to be real discomfort with nature that lives easily with humans, so adaptable plants and animals tend to get labeled as pests or weeds. However, there is real beauty and interest to be found in urbanized wildlife, and I think some of my favorite visual elements are those that celebrate the mundane and marginalized."