Name: Nisha (@nat.u.ral | @NaturalKnotz)
Creative inspiration/icon/muse/role model: My Mom, Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, Diane Von Furstenberg, Oprah, Michelle Obama, & anyone I've ever seen rock the hell out of something (Vintage).
Favorite local spot: Ace hotel, Dana's Bakery, Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse &Market Street Grocery & Wine Bar, amazzzing spots!
What 3 artists are you vibing to right now?: New Vinyls from Jerrys
Favorite Quote (s): "Go ahead and do it. It is much easier to apologize than it is to get permission." -Grace Hopper
"Let us not grow weary in well doing, for in due time we will reap a harvest, if we do not give up." [ Galatians 6:9]
What are you reading right now? The Adversity Advantage - Paul Stoltz
For Speaking and workshop inquiries: Goto Knotzland.com/NishaBlackwell or click here
Sourcing Manager & Lead Seamstress of Ceremonies
Name: Nicole (@Penny.Lane.Dreadful)
Creative inspiration/icon/muse/role model: Marilyn Manson ♡
Favorite local spot: Dobra Tea in Squirrel Hill
What 3 artists are you vibing to right now?:
1. Alexander McQueen (late fashion designer)
2. Fiona Apple
3. The music and fashion of the late Amy Winehouse
Favorite Quote: "Now begin in the middle, and laterlearn the beginning; the end will take care of itself." -Harlan Ellison
What are you reading right now? The Asylym, True Tales of Madness from a Life in Fashion by Simon Doonan.
How you hooked up with Knotzland: I discovered Knotzland through a local coffee shop in Pittsburgh, when the owner informed me the creator was in need of a seamstress. I saw an article in Local Pittsburgh about the company and fell in love. It was truly an inspiration and fate that intertwined us together.
Photography & Creative Director
Hometown: Irwin, PA
Creative inspiration/icon/muse/role model: Casey Neistat is my creative icon. He never turns his camera off.
Favorite local spot: Any place that has cold beer and shows the Pens games.
What 3 artists are you vibing to right now?: The Avalanches, Whitney, and Frank Ocean.. What else is new?
What are you reading right now? All The Light We Cannot See
How you hooked up with Knotzland: In early 2016 I had been traveling Europe and learning photography which lead me to sending out an extremely basic portfolio to everyone and anyone back in Pittsburgh. I was trying to find someone willing to give me a shot. I woke up one morning in mid-April and had an email from Nisha here at Knotzland. I think some guy from Thrill Mill hooked it up, and I could not have been more lucky.
For photography inquiries email email@example.com or dm @rockonalex
Name: McKenzie (@mckenzierhodes)
Hometown: Ambridge, PA
Creative inspiration: Prince, Audrey Hepburn, Sol LeWitt
Favorite local spot: Any thrift store!
What 3 artists are you vibing to right now?: Badbadnotgood, Smog, Sweet Valley
"When you've seen beyond yourself then you may find peace of mind is waiting there, then the time will come when you see we're all one and life flows on within you and without you" - George Harrison
What are you reading right now?: The Secret History of Twin Peaks
How you hooked up with Knotzland: Fate
Name: Shayla Cummins
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa
Creative inspiration/ Artist: Janelle Monáe (she dares to be different)
Favorite local spot: Arsenal Cider House
What 3 artists are you vibing to right now?: Bruno Mars, Demi Lovato, & Beyoncé
Favorite quote(s): "If you desire to make a difference in the world, you must be different from the world.” - Elaine S. Dalton
"You can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink"
How you hooked up with Knotzland:
The art of conversation with an Uber Driver. My husband driving for uber at the time actually met Nisha during a ride. Through simple conversation, catching up as they found out they knew each other through mutual friends mention my passion for sewing and desire to get back into it. After a Saturday sewing session at Knotzland with some local woman, the rest is history.
Trend & Insights Apprentice
Name: Ariel (@arielsomoan)
Hometown: Charleston, SC
Creative inspiration: Vetements, The Fader, Paper Magazine
Favorite local spot: Pittsburgh Water Steps
What 3 artists are you vibing to right now?: H.E.R, SZA, Isaiah Rashad
Favorite quote(s): Know your truth, find your motivation
What are you reading right now?:
How you hooked up with Knotzland: I was bartering helping around the studio for sewing lessons
Name: Jocelyn ( @boobshirt)
Hometown: Austin, TX
Creative inspiration: different cultures, estate sales, speakeasies
Favorite local spot: back wall bar at Or, the Whale (at the moment)
What 3 artists are you vibing to right now?: Bill Bensley, Beethoven, Tom Dixon
Favorite quote(s): “Every man’s life is a fairytale written by God’s hand.” - H.C. Anderson
"Suffering produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope." - Romans 5:3-4
What are you reading right now?: What Remains by Carole Radziwill
How you hooked up with Knotzland:
Serendipity. Radiant Hall’s open studio tour + a clear plastic cup of wine + an itch to get back onto my sewing machine.