Like a warm hug; that’s the way handmade knitted scarves and sweaters make a lot of us feel. We can sense the effort and care that the creators of these types of garments put in to making them. With every stitch, ball of yarn, and needle grasped, the creators of handmade knitted products are putting a piece of themselves into every article they create. This week I had the pleasure of sitting down with Courtnay from A La Court Creative.
Courtnay is a new Halifax artisan, creating knitted products, jewelry, art, and just about anything else that she feels inspired by. During our conversation, an overwhelming feeling of creativity and an urge to share it with our community washed over me as Courtnay spoke with me. Our chat went on long tangents about everything from Queer Culture to Nova Scotia’s Education System, and I am thankful for these tangents. Courtnay is a person with a huge passion for sharing her creative gifts with the wider community and I am so happy to help her do this.
How did the brand start?
I think, like a lot of creative people, finding a balance between being creative and working is extremely hard. Being able to have your creativity as your work is a blessing and for the few of us who have this opportunity, we must take it and cherish it, as it is something that many people will never have.
What does your brand represent?
What story do your pieces tell or what stories are you trying to tell through your pieces?
Gender identity and how we choose to portray ourselves to the world is an incredibly powerful thing. In an instant we are judged, critiqued, and have opinions formed about us before we even have a chance to say “Hello”. Expressing yourself—your true self—through the clothing you wear is so important because, in part, it tells people around you a bit about yourself. Having the right clothing available to help you tell your story is even more significant. I applaud Courtnay for her efforts to try and make this type of clothing available. There is enough in this world to make our lives difficult; worrying about what and how we represent ourselves through our clothing should not add to these struggles.
Will you be shifting your products for the warmer seasons?
What can we expect from your brand?
Knits. Gender identity. Eco-Fashion. A La Court Creative is all of these things and many more. Courtnay is a fantastic creative and I am so glad she is a part of our local artisan and entrepreneurial community here in Halifax. I can’t wait to see what her unisex clothing looks like when it is released.
Thank you for reading and have a great one!