I feel so honored and thrilled to be a part of this equally pioneering venture by these two visionary women, in their own rights, and amongst the amazing Designers who contributed to honoring women who were under served in recognition during their own lives.
As for the cowl, it’s perfectly described by MW via their introductory Instagram post: “[The #MurielCowl] was inspired by the woman who paved the way in digitizing graphic design and redefining the landscape of electronic communication. As the longtime art director of the MIT Press, Muriel Cooper was known as a “humanist among scientists” for her ability to synthesize information and create connections across seemingly unrelated disciplines – like architecture, economics, biology, computer science and sociology – during the dawn of the Digital Revolution. The meditative pattern of knit stitches in the cowl, like pixels or lines of code, is something we think Muriel would appreciate.”
I’m a huge fan of learning the process and inspiration behind designs, whether their knits, architecture, or the research behind consciously designed products (hello, Industrial Design background!), so I thought I’d shed a little more light into the design process. Designed by non-other than Muriel herself, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Press logo was what first caught my eye when I discovered Muriel’s work. It’s such a strikingly recognizable and simplistic icon, the colorwork motif practically designed itself, as happens when there’s a quality design to draw inspiration from! It seems like quite a literal interpretation when you see the logo, but I enjoy (and hope you do to!) the abstraction, and pixelated quality that takes shape with the circular and vertical repeat of the pattern.
The original image of the logo I found looks like it’s possibly a printing proof, and features light caramel squares (probably aged masking tape) in each corner of the rectangular page layout. This served as a perfect second contrasting color to break up the repeating black and white lines. DK weight also served in defining the colorwork without needing to knit multiple rows to create each stripe of the motif. Wanting to knit the sample in an organic wool that offered vivid colors, De Rerum Natura’s Ulysse checked all the boxes and Volia! The rest probably speaks for itself.
Each pattern in this collection is artfully designed and has a noteworthy woman who drove the inspiration. All the patterns can be found and purchased directly from Mild Woman’s site, or here on Ravelry.
I can’t wait to see these patterns take life as they’re released into the world, and plan to keep an eye out for all the lovely color interpretations of each knitter!