03 December 2008

Lets Join The Circus?!



Photos: Emily Booth 'Circus' Collection.


I've been observing silly little things like I sometimes... alright often do, and lately its come to my attention that there are a hell of a lot circus posters pasted up everywhere, bus stops, shop windows, train stations...bins; You name it and there is sure to be a 'Crazy Circus Coming To Town' poster complete with clowns and other common circus images (though I have to say those dazzling decorated elephants are my personal favourite). Perhaps the unusual (even creepy) amount of circus posters has something to do with the fact I live in a quiet little town (and when I say quiet, I mean you can hear a pin drop and we have a odd yet I feel misunderstood character or better known as the 'local weirdo'...others are so judgmental. So what he is a little pale and elf like?)...I'm yet again straying off the track here, so let me spit it out. I want to join the Circus, damn it! All those posters have me wondering what it would be like? The thrilling stunts you could attempt, those smiles on children's faces covered in sticky chocolate and ice cream, the elephants becoming your beloved pets and taking them for a walk... Um maybe taking an elephant for a walk would prove difficult and indeed a little alarming I don't want to cause a scene.Alright alright I don't want to sign up to the circus so I can have a pet elephant and take it for Sunday strolls. Its for shallow reasons only;all those shimmering, multi coloured costumes complete with ruffles embellished, necklace/collars and dreamy large peacock feathered accessory head pieces. Surely its every girls dream to dress up circus style? Oh but what to do if your not so keen on dangling up side down on a piece of rope whilst wrapping your legs around your head? *Idea* invest in a cool va-va -voom, circus-esque statement piece from knitwear designer Emily Booth, looks like this designer is loving the circus as much as me if not more! Emily Booths 'Circus' collection is extremely fun and individual taking inspiration from all things circus, combined also with 15th century 'coat of armour' elements. The final effect are pieces which are diverse and exciting full of interesting,contrasting yarn textures and dramatic shapes; "I focus experimenting and pushing the boundaries of structure under the restraints of a domestic knitting machine yet creating such textures and high quality expected of a industrial knitting machine. Why work this way? Well its more of a challenge (enjoyable and worth while one) plus it really tricks people. Who often assume such results can only be produced from an industrial knitting machine!" Emily Booth certainly has an eye for detail and colour her designs are very versatile wear them as a combo collar necklace (suitably warm for frosty chilly winter)...or as a belt, however you wish. One thing is for sure this talented designer (and knit wear trickster) is my new obsession, and I so want a Booth clown-esque ensemble now! Please?

ps, I'd like to say a huge thanks you's to Emily Booth for letting Prettyneons have a little sneak peek.

6 comments:

Terencesambowrites said...

wow great fusion of colors... amazing stufff... thanx for dropping bybmy blog hope we build reciprocal r/ship

DaisyChain said...

Wow, such cheery use of colours, a real pick me up collection I reckon.

Bella said...

It is a fun collection, and the use of color is amazing. xxx

Emily Booth said...

Thank you so much for all of your comments !! I am shy about my work !! I made this one off couture piece which i called `Clown Armour _ two years ago now during my second term on my Textile degree course !! It took four days of work ,listening to trance music and drinking red bull !!! I used lambswool and focused on the zaniness of clowns ,combinin noses and stripes !!I use lots of other genres and styles to influence my knitting too and have much more work to feature soon here on my frineds site !!!! Im so pleased at your kind comments !!! x Emily Booth !!-Brighton and Hove

Sunniva said...

Lovely colours!

When I was little, one of my biggest dreams was to travel around with a circus and dress up in all of those perfect, stunning costumes. Let's run away together and join the circus haha ;) Imagine how much fun it would be! xoxo

Krystal said...

emily boothe looks exciting to me xx