Our Designer Spotlight this month is Francoise Danoy also known as Aroha Knits. Francoise lives in Texas and is a bi-racial, multi-cultural, queer crafter of color, who works to empower knitters, whom she calls Fibre Muses, by exploring the intersection of making with identity, so they can think deeply about why they create to make a transformational impact with their craft.
Her designs draw influence from her Maori heritage, where she transforms the stories into stitches. Francoise’s work aims to remember the past and strengthen the future for the Maori culture and people, while enriching the present knitting community.
She believes knitting is not just a hobby, but a medium for us to carry out our life’s purpose. It is a powerful medium of bringing more joy, healing, creativity, and connection into our lives… one stitch at a time.
Francoise’s designs can be seen on Ravelry and her user name is arohaknits. Her website is arohaknits.com
Thanks to Bonnie Swierzbin for her suggestion.