With the ever-in natural-luxe mohair trend looming large, a talk and tea hosted last weekend by Mohair SA together with ‘Glitter Knitter’ Steven Berg in Port Elizabeth’s trendy Stanley Street, piqued our interest. Steven Berg and Be Sweet entrepreneur Nadine Curtis joined forces with Mohair SA for the event and were among the line-up of fascinating guest speakers.
Steven Berg is the owner and founder of the StevenBe and the Yarn Garage, two Fiber Studios based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Located in an historically rich building, previously an 1890s firehouse and 1940s dance hall, it’s easy to see how Steven Berg’s yarn-based centre became a vibrant creative hub. Keeping up with the constantly evolving industry and its inspiring atmosphere, StevenBe and the Yarn Garage function as a workshop as well as an exhibition space. Food, music and various forms of art can be enjoyed, exploring and supporting creative endeavours.
Inspired by The Glitter Knitter’s fresh approach to the yarn industry, we asked him a few questions.
What makes yarn so special?
Yarn in the U.S. is the gateway to relaxation and therapy. Many have found this hobby to become an escape, a refuge. Yarn, like any medium in art, like paint or metal, is the material which one becomes passionate with….the color, the texture, the feel of it running through your fingers. Yarn is the medium to express my art and fashion.
Why have you chosen to collaborate with MOHAIR SA?
They have chosen Nadine and I as we presented for Vogue Knitting Live in Chicago this past fall. We will be presenting again this spring in Seattle for the same event. Nadine started importing the Mohair from South Africa and I joined in on her passion. I began using it in conjunction with other fibers to execute my vision of fiber fusion; combining unrelated fibers in uncommon creations.
What inspired you most at Cape Town’s Design Indaba 2013?
I was inspired by several of the speakers as I value a variety of input from all aspects of design, not just my narrow fiber vision. Most of all the amazing South African vendors and artists. I am in awe of the way materials are re-used, re-fashioned, re-claimed and re-purposed. I want to return to the U.S. and share it with all my clients.
Do you have any DIY yarn-related tips?
My input on the DIY movement is that there are no mistakes…only variations. In Art and Craft there is no “wrong” – just original. Find the joy of creating and it will set you free of the box we are often forced to live in.
What is your ideal creative space?
I recently bought my ideal creative space. A turn of the century firehouse in the middle of urban Minneapolis. I am slowly renovating it into the over-the-top eclectic style that inspires me. Each floor is 3,000 square feet, enough room for all of my collections and projects as well as those of my friends and clients.
Any future projects that you’re planning that you’re excited about and could share with us?
We are planning to expand our home décor selections and opportunity. We find our fiber artists are not only into fashion for their body but for their home and lifestyle as well. The lower level will remain packed with our many yarn selections but the 2nd level will convert to the StevenBe loft for felting, weaving, spinning and beadwork. This spring we will be launching our outdoor Fiber Art Garden. A whimsical outdoor urban space that will allow the public to escape for a moment to the calm of my fiber world.
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Posted by Zarah Cassim