Name: Cosette Cornelius-Bates
Business: CosyKnits (literally) AKA cosymakes
Website(s): cosymakes website, cosymakes shop, on facebook
What kind of items do you make?
I hand dye semi-solid yarns in several different weights, and Falkland top for spinners. I also design patterns and sell some handspun yarns.
How long have you been in indie artist?
I started making stuff and selling at Indie fairs 8 years ago.
What got you interested in your art of choice?
I got interested in knitting when I saw a college friend doing it, and it has kind of snowballed since then. This snowball has included teaching knitting and spinning, a knitting book, years selling art hats at Indie craft fairs, and all sorts of other various related things.
What most inspires you?
Life. Living. Nature, food, playing with my son, memories, etc.
What makes your creations unique?
I tend to design for a unique set of circumstances: Christmas presents for family, a new baby being born, a special event in the life of a friend or whatever. This makes my designs not just a practice in math skills and design, but infuses them with meaning and intention.
As dyeing goes, I mix all my colors from primaries, and I go less for unique (although I do get some interesting colors), and more for what I want to knit with or spin.
What is something you strive to offer the fiber arts community?
This Indie Fiber Festival! I hope everyone enjoys it!
What is your fiber arts superpower?
I am an enabler. I have never not been able to teach someone how to knit, but I also enable people to sell their wares, to create, to dye and to do all sorts of strange things.