In last month’s article, I introduced our concept of an “8 girl”: a woman that lives with a sense of adventure in all she does, has a flair for decorating and a creativity and positivity for life! I would like to
introduce and share some insights from my interview with Camilla Emond, a woman originally from Norway, who epitomizes the passion, positivity and dynamics of an 8 girl. She is one of the talented artisans whose work I showcase at Station 8 and a woman who inspires me!
Q: What brought you to Montana?
A: I moved to Montana because of Tommy Moe. In 1994 during the Norwegian Winter Olympics I was watching a clip of Tommy’s life in Whitefish Montana, which was very familiar to the landscape of my
home in Norway. Montana captured my heart and I knew I would someday put down roots there… six years later we took the leap and made MT our home. Being a fiber artist, I enjoy preserving the alchemy of wool that inspires the dialog between hand and heart. I use high tech to encourage people with low tech. In a world of high speed and processed, I offer low speed and unprocessed.
Q: What projects are you currently involved in and working on?
A: Offering quality yarn made locally. I have found 2 fiber mills that process wool in Montana and Wyoming with fleece from local ranches. Not only is the yarn lustrous and insanely beautiful but the
people I work with are simply good folk and a pleasure to do business with. I will be introducing and offering these yarns, natural and hand dyed in my ETSY shop and Station 8. It’s made in the North West and I am proud of that.
Q: What motivates and inspires you?
A: I am self- motivated. If not now, when? The conventional and unconventional inspires me as I find a nice balance to that. Martha Stewart has had a huge influence on me- because she made it
acceptable to be a home maker- to showcase your home environment. Living was important. The queen of simplicity and quality, Martha made us appreciate and inspired by the past, making us excited about crafting and cooking once again. Georgia O’;Keeffe because she was so incredibly out there for her time. Georgia was strong and outspoken living in her desert environment in New Mexico, finding beauty in bones and simplicity; she noticed her environment and gave it all definition, what a gift she had. How can I not be inspired in Montana where there is beauty in nature in every direction?
Q: Describe your decorating style and what is one of your favorite pieces in your home? Why?
A: Scandinavian. Rustic. Eclectic. When we redid our kitchen last year, we gave it a clean, modern feel optimal for cooking and conversation, kid friendly and organized. Our house is cedar, inside lots of beams with wood accents which gives it that rustic mountain flare. Eclectic, because I have champagne taste on a beer budget, so I shop thrift stores, West Elm, Crate and Barrel and of course Station 8 always allows for some great finds. My favorite piece is: A rustic large armoire from Taos New Mexico
Q: What has been a defining moment in your life?
A: Sitting on my favorite beach in Kauai’s north shore I was watching my l children jump in the waves and play in the sand- so free and happy. I was completely content. It was a moment. The simplest
thing…. a surfer walked by wearing a handmade beanie. That spawned an idea- I could hand spin art yarn and make one of a kind yarns and sell globally. Weird- I can’t explain it.
Q: You’ve been a blogger, knitter, seamstress, photographer: You are always reinventing yourself and creating; how do you know when it’s time to try something new and how do you choose what your next
A: When I’m bored with something it’s time to move on, seek something fresh. Life changes, I do too, however I am embracing the value of patience and all the goodness that it brings. What you learn in life does not go wasted- it’s just layers of experience that can be used and passed on. I studied Interior Design in college and with my husband flipped our homes to make a living and invest in larger homes to fit our family of six. At the moment, I’m a little preoccupied with my iPhone using my photography skills that now are applied to selling my yarns online using social media. I love telling a story within a square format, it is very restricting but enkindling
Q: What else would you like to share with the reader?
A: I had no idea at 6 years old learning to knit from Ninna my Swedish grandmother, would shape a
future in the fiber arts. Working from home, creating a warm and loving home environment for the
kiddos has been a blessing for my family and original one for myself. Knitting connects me to my past
and to my loved ones, making the memories come alive once again.
My two cents: For anyone who wants to try something new, learn a new skill….jump in with both feet.
Don’t stress about the outcome or being perfect, we are here for such a short time; nourish your heart
and soul with creativity and enjoy your life- no regrets.
I invite you to come into the shop and see the incredible yarns from Camilla, and I hope her story
All the best,