“To the world of knitters,” Charleston Daily Mail reporter Monica Orosz writes, “Nicky Epstein’s name is about as well known as that of Madonna or Mick Jagger. She is a rock star, only with string and sticks rather than a microphone and guitar.”
As an Advertising & Graphic Design alumna, Epstein (CCAD 1974) launched her fashion career after winning a McCall’s Needlework design contest in 1979.
The article continues, “Ever mindful of what other designers were doing, however, Epstein said she was inspired to constantly challenge herself to come up with something different. ‘I just had to keep reinventing myself,’ she said. She designed flowers and other embellishments. She created unusual constructions for scarves and sweaters – such as scarves made of knitted circles.
She is now a world renowned knitwear designer, teacher and author of more than 20 bestselling books. She has won the National Independent Book Publisher’s Award for Best Craft Book Of The Year three times.
Her award-winning designs have appeared in every major knitwear magazine, in museums and on television, and she has taught classes to knitters around the world and hosted many Vogue Knitting Tours overseas as well as others. She has also designed her own beautiful line of silk scarves, buttons and clasps.
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