Women Who Create / Rhiannon Selcuk
This fortnight we have the great pleasure of talking to crafter and knitted accessories extraordinaire Rhiannon Selcuk aka imakeknots to those of you who follow her yarn filled events and projects online!
Tell us a little about your background...
I work full time as a design coordinator implementing retail projects, different to IMK but kinda similar because I spend my day thinking about technical details, how materials work and I engage with lots of different people. My mums creative, a cake-maker, and has always encouraged us to be who we are, which is why I give anything and everything a go- have no fear! I started IMK 3 years ago with the vision to sell handmade knotted items, as I’d always made things for friends + family, but after a launch workshop at Drink Shop + Do, I realised I enjoyed creating and organising workshops, and since then its grown and grown.
Do you have creative habits or rituals within your work that help you stay focused and happy?
I listen to music, mostly from the 90’s + Metallica- I tend to find when I’m working on a new kit I have to be able to sing along to something! Music helps to clear the mind which is exactly what knitting + crochet does for me.
What two things can't you live without?
Something cosy (love being wrapped!) and my phone; it keeps me connected to everything and everyone which is really important, although I hate how I rely on it.
What is your biggest source of inspiration?
I love Instagram because it brings me closer to all the inspiring fashion, architecture + home brands I like, plus small makers too like me. I’m currently crushing on ‘thejungalow’ insta account.
What is the meaning of 'creativity' to you?
Turning a daydream in to a reality; using a sporadic thought to create something which you’ve enjoyed producing and are proud off. Theres no right or wrong and thats the beauty of it.
If you could collaborate on a creative project or idea with anyone... who would it be & why?
Vivienne Westwood has been my hero since I was in Secondary school, so if we could get our knot on and create something spectacular that would be a dream come true! Maybe a homeware collection with lots of colour clashing and out there patterns!
Do you have afavourite piece of equipment that inspires your day to day process?
I have a vast collection of yarns + fibres which is pretty inspiring, but at the moment I’m focusing on my new 25mm tunisian crochet hook, just love it!
What is the best thing about working for yourself?
Being able to work at my own pace as you cant force creativity so if I’m stuck then I feel better knowing I’m my own boss and I’m not forcing ideas to happen because they need to.
What is your proudest creative moment in your journey so far?
Teaching in Oslo last November. I loved meeting a whole new city of knot makers and learning all of their tips + tricks, and how the culture and history has influenced their makes and style.
What one piece of advice would you share with fellow women who create to help them on their business journey?
Congratulate your sisterhood and work together. I appreciate my female successors because they have shown that you can run a small business, its tough but its worth it. Like Hilary Clinton once said ‘I suppose I could have stayed home and baked cookies and had teas.’ Step outside the stereotype and do something you love because if you don’t do it, you’ll regret it!