We were really excited to hear that Renata Stone, founder of Knottery Fiber Art, uses Noun Project icons to help grow her business.
Oof, that’s a hard one. I kind of describe it as natural fiber art using macrame and weaving techniques. Honestly, most of the time I show someone a picture - I’ve heard pictures are worth at least several words...
I guess it runs in the family - my mom is a painter...so I’ve basically been into crafting and making ever since I can remember - originally specializing in paper art/sculpture. When my husband and I bought a house, I wanted to make as much of the decor as possible. Paper isn’t super durable so I looked into other mediums. I was really inspired by Sally England’s work in the Ace Hotel Portland and I taught myself macrame through diagrams, which was a super fun trial and error process; that was a wrap for me....I was hooked.
Kinda 70s, kinda organic, kinda flowy. Oh and lots of looooops.
For my fiber art pieces I work with wool, cotton, sometimes leather. I’m currently experimenting with natural dyes and might incorporate some of that into my normal monochrome pieces.
For Knottery, I use a Noun Project icon as my business logo. The reason being, my work is very irregular and organic, but I am not. I was a computer programmer in my previous career and love structure and symmetry. The Noun Project icon I chose is more about me than my pieces. Noun Project icons are so simple and beautiful. I wanted a logo that stands the test of time and simplicity always wins that game. As my pieces evolve, I don’t want to think about changing my branding too. I use Noun Project primarily to brainstorm. I am not a graphic designer so it’s nice to be able to rely on the work of others to jump start my process - I’m not trying to reinvent the wheel lol.
For branding, I primarily use a specific icon related to “weaving” that can be seen across all my collateral - business cards, stickers, thank you cards and even my website. I've also customized the links on my site with Noun Project icons.
I hate waste. I get so sad when I have to throw away fiber. I try to reuse as much as possible.
Hands down in the guest rooms of an Ace Hotel. Life goals super achieved the day something like that happens. Fingers crossed!
Trick question, there’s nothing too weird or strange for me. In fact, I welcome the strange. It’s a good way to stretch those creative muscles :)