Olga Buraya-Kefelian has been knitting for many years. Her mother taught her to knit at a very young age and Olga started designing in her late teens. Although a linguist by education, in 2006 she made her first attempt to design for a publication. Her contributing designs have instantly graced the book covers of “Sensual Knits” and “Pure Knits”. Coming from a family of a professional tailor, Olga acquired her clothing construction knowledge early, which has become more intuitive through the years. This intuition helps her to create imaginative yet versatile knitwear. While working on her own style and designs, she has designed for multiple magazines such as Knitty, Twist Collective, Interweave Knits and Crochet. Olga has designed patterns for Blue Sky Alpacas, Spud and Chloe and ShibuiKnits.
Olga recently returned from 3 years in Japan where she was working on a self-published line of knitwear patterns. She enjoys the challenge of joining minds with other creative souls to craft one cohesive body of work. In 2010 she co-authored, self-published and modeled for “Ori Ami Knits: Fiber Geometry” - a book of 13 garments featuring designs for womenswear and accessories, all knit with yarn from Habu Textiles and presented in a wide range of sizes. She believes that each garment has its own story and purpose within the world of fashion. She fulfills her vision by gathering inspiration from industrial and architectural designs and combining them with her own interpretations of European and Japanese designs. While she uses knitwear design as her canvas, her designs are heavily influenced by the fiber – the very essence of the material.
She enjoys the visual details they provide to inspire creations of more wearable, fitted, trendy, hip, flattering and yet classy knitwear.