Amy Keefer is an artist and designer based in Berkeley, California. (MFA California College of the Arts, 2009). Keefer’s work has included interviews with former sweatshop workers, secretly knitting sweaters to wear as protection during critiques and learning the craft of handmade lace. She started translating her own designs into patterns for hand knitters under the name “Blaer Knits” in 2012.Having worked as an educator in fiber arts and knitting for a decade, Keefer started Blaer Knits as a way to build skills among her student base. The goal is to empower people in such a way, that they want to make things themselves from the most beautiful, sustainable fibers possible. In collaboration with Fibershed, Keefer will continue designing patterns for the modern crafter as well as produce a boutique line of ready-made pieces. Look for “Local Lace” in 2016.
Photo Credit: Paige Green