Designer Tara-Lynn Morrison creates her knits in small batches from her studio in Ontario, Canada. Good Night, Day offers modern hand knit items of minimalist design using ethically sourced wools. The name for her shop was inspired by one of her favorite modernist writers—Jean Rhys. Jean got the name for her 1931 book Good Morning, Midnight from the first line in an Emily Dickinson poem, and Tara-Lynn took the last line from that same poem for her shop.
At this time, Tara-Lynn is working on self-publishing her second knitting patterns booklet. Her exclusive Welland Sweater for our Spring collection is made in a soft and non-itchy lilac wool with unique, bat-wing sleeves.
We go behind-the-scenes with the designer and get a peek into her process, home and studio.
Photography by Arden Wray for Goodwin.
What drew you to knitting? Was it introduced to you at a young age?
I was first drawn to knitting in my late twenties, as a creative outlet that I really needed at that time. It gave me the opportunity to teach myself a skill that was totally foreign to me, but that gave me so much empowerment.
We love talking to designers about their process or any rituals they may have. Knitting seems almost hypnotic or meditative in some way—Is there an extra dimension that you gain from your work?
The process is a definitely a kind of ritual - it gives me this space that I am forced to slow down in. Knitting is such a solitary skill and allows for a kind of introspection. I am someone who suffers from depression and anxiety, and I feel knitting is something that I use as a form of self-care.
As well, that utilitarian process of seeing the work develop literally before your eyes—in your hands—is gratifying. It's also a bit daunting because it is such a slow, hands-on and personal process, but seeing it to the end is rewarding.
As your business has grown, what is one challenge you've faced and one pleasant surprise you've experienced?
To be completely honest, a lack of funds has been the biggest constant struggle (maybe even more so than working alone). What I do is so personal and it directly affects my family, which can be scary. Sometimes my production can feel like a failure if the endeavor that I invest everything into isn’t able to pay all the bills. It can also be frustrating to defend what I do to people around me that don't understand my knitting as real work and as a result do not appreciate the fact that I am always working.
Of course the most pleasant surprise has been getting to work with other creatives, and the friendships that I have made and sustained along the way. I have come to know so many amazing women and that never would have happened if I hadn't taken these risks and put myself out there.
Are there any unexpected places that you look to find inspiration when working on a new piece?
I do not actively look for inspiration; it is more that I feel inspired and it lends itself to my work. Inspiration that helps put me in a positive headspace is really what is important to me and what drives me. I am never not inspired to create—I have a million ideas that I will probably never have the chance to design or knit. However, I seek and crave inspiration to help me get past all the negative self-talk in my head, my fears of being judged and those feelings of vulnerability that keep me from creating.
I am forever inspired by books, by art, by nature, by women, by films and by feelings—it is all inspiring if it is pushing me forward.
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