Gabrielle Vary

Gabrielle Vary

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What do you specialise in making?

I design and make a range of knitwear for interior and fashion accessories, using British spun wool. Everything is made in my East Sussex studio near Brighton.

What part of the making process do you most enjoy: the arrival of an idea or the crafting of the finished piece?

I think it has to be the crafting of the finished piece, because it’s when you see your idea come to life and other people get to see your work. The joy you get is just – ‘Wow!’.

Can you remember the first thing you made?

Yes, it was a G Plan sideboard. People still ask us about this five years after.

What part of the making process do you most enjoy: the arrival of an idea or the crafting of the finished piece?

I think the whole process of an idea being made into reality is hugely gratifying. However I do love that initial stage when a brand new idea arises and the possibilities are endless. You have the freedom to just run with it.

Can you remember the first thing you made?

Yes, I was at University when I knitted my first big blanket on the knitting machine, hand stitching two big sections of beautiful striped wool together. I still have this throw on my sofa; although a little worn it brings me great warmth and comfort knowing I'm, the only one to own this piece!

Does your craft shape the way you consume products?

I think you definitely look at products in a different way – how they are made and where they come from. I think it's a growing trend for people to know where things come from in general now, which is great. I shop locally when I can, not just products but also food and drink as well. I think we have a responsibility to know.

Where are you happiest outside of your workshop?

We live right next to the South Downs and I love walking up on the hills no matter what weather conditions! It's very therapeutic to leave all my work behind and just walk for as long as I wish. Each day the beautiful landscape changes, it's a joy to watch as the seasons change.

A hole-and-corner is a secret place hidden away from the hustle and bustle of daily life: Where is your own hole-and-corner?

I'd say by our open fire in the living room, on the sofa wrapped in blankets with the fire on – bliss!

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Give everything a go – don't miss any opportunity. Just feel the fear and go for it!

Gabrielle Vary Knitwear

Photograph: Jon Cardwell