To help you start your planning for this year's Great London Yarn Crawl and Pop-Up Marketplace we're going to be profiling our vendors leading up to the event. First up is Kaylene of Kaylene Alder Illustration.
The Yarn in the City Pop-Up Marketplace will feature fabulous indie makers, dyers and designers from across the UK. Tell us about your company and specialty. What are you best known for?
I'm an illustrator and printmaker based in South London. I love to draw quirky things of all sorts and then to get inky screen printing them myself. My yarny claim to fame is drawing the Yarn in the City logo. (Which we LOVE!)
Space is at a premium in the Pop-Up Marketplace so we've asked vendors to bring their "best of the best" - what wares will you have to tempt visitors?
I'm bringing lots of printed bits and pieces - from hand printed cards, badges and postcards to proper, full sized prints for your walls. I'm plotting a few yarn-based prints over the summer which will be fresh for the marketplace.
Can you tell us about the making/designing/collaborating/or other process involved in your business?
I pretty much always start by thinking about what I'd like to draw - inspiration can come from anywhere. At the moment, I'm working on a series of prints around collections. I contacted collectors on the tinterweb and they have sent me pictures of their favourite objects. I've then drawn and screen printed these. Past projects have involved ships in small water and circus people in terrariums.
What is your absolute favourite thing about running your business?
I get proper excited thinking about little pieces of my artwork hanging on walls all over the world. It feels like such an honour when someone chooses something you've made for their home.
Tell us the funniest thing that has ever happened to you while you've been running your company, or while you've been at a yarn show or festival!
I do a lot of markets and have come across many unique and interesting characters. Occasionally things can get a bit weird - like the guy who wanted to talk about my eyes for ages - my stall buddy thought that was hilarious. I wish I had something properly funny - that's a tough question!