My photographer and designer collected props from the beach on a chilly rainy day.
We didn’t know what to call this book, but it seems the title has been set:Mini knitted ocean.
We had a photo shoot session recently again at the Search Press studio.
For this book, I hand dyed many pieces of fabrics of different materials. I also tried Shibori tie dye. Because it is all about sealife, there was a risk of the photos becoming a little boring. We did not want the same blue back ground all the way through. We tried to throw in different colours as much as possible.
I also made some props for my designer.
A treasure box, a boat with a keel and a cage.
We wanted a treasure box for the scuba diver scene. I made the box with cardboard, painted with acrylic paint and glued a gold ribbon.
The boat with a keel is to shoot from the bottom of the sea, looking up the surface.
The cage was to go with the shark scene, but unfortunately, we didn’t use this one.
See, I did my homework.
I created these knitted creatures thinking of my father.
After my mother was diagnosed with her illness, my parents had to give up hiking and mountain climbing that they enjoyed very much. My father bought a large fish tank and started collecting little tropical fishes.Growing up near the ocean, I guess he always loved sealife.
But after the large earthquake in 2011, he decided to give it up, too. So, I am dedicating the book to him.
The photo session was challenging, and sometimes, we spent over an hour on one project. The composition is not right, the balance of the colours is not right, the proportion is not right, the figures at the wrong angle….
Lots of hanging with wires and threads, too.
It will be a colourful book. I was excited to use all the bright coloured yarn in my stash. And the photographer is very good at bringing them up of course.
And you will have a little bonus.
A knitted Yellow Submarine.
Not just the submarine in yellow, but “The Yellow Submarine”. My editor spent months to get the permission to use it in the book.
Sadly, we did not receive a permission to use four guys to go in it, but I am sure readers can make their own.
I am not showing the submarine here yet. When the cover is ready, you will see.