Francoise Danoy

Francoise Danoy

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Kia ora, I’m Francoise, aka Frenchie.

Franco-Maori, American-Australian knitwear designer + coach living in Osaka, Japan.

At Aroha Knits, as a knitwear designer and coach, I inspire and empower fiber artists to transform their yarn so they can manifest Aroha, one stitch at a time. I’m passionate about creating meaningful and fulfilling work, shaking up the industry and fibre community, and serving as a catalyst for transformative impact.

As a bi-racial, multi-cultural queer crafter of color, I work to empower knitters, whom I call 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.

My designs draw influence from my Maori heritage, where I transform the myths, legends, and other stories into stitches and connect them to the story of why we make. Through this recreation, my work aims to remember the past and strengthen the future for the Maori culture and people, while enriching the present knitting community and be a representative for the third-space generation.

I’m on a mission to start a movement. I believe that our art and work as knitters can make a difference. More than ever, this craft, which forces us to slow down and breathe for just a moment, is needed in our society of instant gratification and go-go-go.

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.

Through intentional creation, we are capable of transformative impact.

Why do you knit? Begin your journey of discovering your story of why you create by taking the Fibre Muse Discovery Quiz: www.arohaknits.com/discovery-test

Listen to the Podcast here.

Find my patterns on Making Things.

original designs  

original designs

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from Fibre Muse Quarterly: Journey Home
from Fibre Muse Quarterly: Journey Home
from Fibre Muse Quarterly: Journey Home
from Fibre Muse Quarterly: Journey Home
from Kniterator
from Kniterator
from Fibre Muse Quarterly: Mystic 2018
from Fibre Muse Quarterly: Mystic 2018
from Fibre Muse Quarterly: Mystic 2018
from Fibre Muse Quarterly: Mystic 2018
from Fibre Muse Quarterly: Mystic 2018
from Fibre Muse Quarterly: Dreamer 2018
from Fibre Muse Quarterly: Dreamer 2018
from Fibre Muse Quarterly: Dreamer 2018
from Fibre Muse Quarterly: Dreamer 2018
from Fibre Muse Quarterly: Dreamer 2018
from Fibre Muse Quarterly: Dreamer 2018
from Fibre Muse Quarterly: Giver 2017
from Fibre Muse Quarterly: Giver 2017
from Fibre Muse Quarterly: Giver 2017
from Fibre Muse Quarterly: Giver 2017
from Fibre Muse Quarterly: Giver 2017
from Fibre Muse Quarterly: Giver 2017
from Fibre Muse Quarterly: SEEKER 2017
from Fibre Muse Quarterly: SEEKER 2017
from Fibre Muse Quarterly: SEEKER 2017
from Fibre Muse Quarterly: SEEKER 2017
from Fibre Muse Quarterly: SEEKER 2017
from Fibre Muse Quarterly: SEEKER 2017
from Aroha Knits
from Aroha Knits
from Spring with SweetGeorgia, Vol. 2
from Aroha Knits
from Aroha Knits
from The Fibre Muse Series 2017
from The Fibre Muse Series 2017
from SweetGeorgia Yarns
from Creative Knitting, Winter 2016
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