rachel rutt


O, how incomprehensible everything was, and actually sad, although it was so beautiful. One knew nothing. One lived and ran about the earth and rode through forests, and certain things looked so challenging and promising and nostalgic: a star in the evening, a blue harebell, a reed-green pond, the eye of a person or a cow. And sometimes it seemed that something never seen yet long desired was about to happen, that a veil would drop from it all; but then it passed, nothing happened, the riddle remained unsolved, the secret spell unbroken, and in the end one grew old and looked cunning…or wise…and still knew nothing perhaps, was still waiting and listening.

Herman Hesse

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knitwear artist, model \ rachel rutt

Rachel Rutt interviewed by her close friend musician and model Ollie Henderson of Tank Twin

Rachel Rutt: dreamer, model, adventurer, knitting king, muse and life long pal. Her accomplishments are many, having modeled around the globe for every designer and magazine under the sun, Vogue, Dazed and Confused, Stella McCartney and Hermes to name a few. Now also excelling through her knitting creations, collaborating with Wool and the Gang and featuring in Oyster Magazine, the depths of Rachel’s talents are endless.
I have known Rachel since 2009-ish (official date unknown), I was so thrilled when I was asked to do this interview with her. It really gave me a chance to reflect on our still blossoming and ever-changing friendship. We have been around the world together, eating cheese by the Seine, dancing in Beirut and climbing castles in Scotland. Learning to become women together whilst sharing our dreams and our disasters. Rachel inspires me mostly with her unique thought processes, always offering a different point of view that I could never have seen myself. A constant life collaboration.


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O – So Rachel, how was your day?

R – I just woke up, um yesterday or today???

O – What ever you want.

R – My day is really good, I’m lying next to my black greyhound, he’s staring intently into my eyes.

O – True love

R – All is burning well

O – And how is the knitting going? This is something I, and I’m sure everyone else, would love to know.

R – It’s going really well. I feel that the longer I explore it the more bizarre things are getting, in a good way. I’m really enjoying the fact that through knitting I can change and create things on the spot as I’m discovering I can’t with weaving. It’s much more organic in a way, you can really let if flow out of your hands and it’s something that’s becoming bigger in process and I’m really enjoying it.

O – Excellent, how is the weaving? Are you still apart of the weavers’ guild?

R – Yes I’ve been a little bit slack on my classes but its still on. It’s been going good. It’s a slow process and often frustrating but it’s really good to have these polar textiles crafts. One is controlled; but within that control you can kind of break it down and make wild things where these always an appreciation for the control. With the knitting it’s a little more free flowing in comparison so what I’m learning with the weaving its becoming more than just the weaving because its affecting all my other crafts.

O – I noticed the your Rachel Rutt x Wool and The Gang knit kits are out.

R – Yeah Wool and the Gang on I have launched little DIY kits of our collaboration. They’re five summer pieces designed for the Australian Summer so they’re all really light cotton and all pretty relaxed. There’s a couple of swimsuits and are all designed to inspire particularly beginner knitters to start making things. They’re all pretty simple to make and you can pick whatever colours you want and just go with it.

O – What are you working on at the moment?

R – I’m working on some stocking. I don’t know if that’s a good thing to say?

O – That’s a great thing to say.

O – What piece are you most proud of?

R – I’ve never done this before but I recently recreated a Prada jumper I really liked that was the wrong size. I forgot there was black in the pattern so I made it with just red white and blue. It came out a little bit different but I’m pretty happy with it. Its going to a friend that has wanted one and its one of my most technically skilled works.

O – What inspires you?

R – Everything in nature…. And food.

O – Are you hungry? Is this because you’ve just woken up?


R – No I’m little bit hung over.

O – Rachel, a girl gone wild!

R – Oh I know, it’s so unlike me.

O – Off the knitting topic. What is your favourite childhood memory?

R – I have lots of favourites. I lived for five years in a town called Tateyama in Japan. Its up in the mountains but I guess that’s not really saying much as Japan is 75% mountains. But it was close to the coastline so snow wasn’t really that common. It would fall about one or two days a year in Jan or Feb. Sometimes it would happen closer to Christmas but that was really rare. One year it did and it was a really thick snow, it blanketed everything and I just remember going out as twilight was hitting the world, it was really magical car park with a foot of snow. It was amazing

O – Was that one of your first snow memories?

R – No, um, maybe I don’t know

O – Just first special one?

R – It was just the first thing that came to mind when you asked me that


O – What was your most recent dream?

R – There was a spider web on the grass, a turtle was approaching it with its neck really stuck out and it was using its neck to kind of navigate forward.  Then it walked right into the spider web and got stuck, so that it couldn’t retract into its shell. The spider was watching the whole time. That’s all I can remember

O – And what do you think it means?

R – Well I Googled it and nothing came up, because you know the Internet is just the be all (and end all) now. (Laughs)

O – What is a book that has changed your life?

R – It’s one that I’m still reading right now its really affecting everything I’ve been thinking and doing lately, which I think has been a positive thing. It’s called ‘The Snow Leopard’ by Peter Matthiessen, you would probably really like it. It’s about this guy who goes to Tibet with a zoologist, the author Peter Matthiessen is a Buddhist, he peppers the novel with a lot of Buddhist mysticism (well it’s Buddhist territory). They are going from Nepal to Tibet to find the snow leopard which is a really rare animal. It’s set in this 70s, and was published in the 70s, the knowledge they had was pretty limited, even now it’s still limited. The access to these trails is also limited so they do this trek on foot. It’s this really amazing adventure, not only physical but also a metal and spiritually for this man and his companions and I’ve been really affected by it lately.

O – Sounds excellent! Did you have a new years resolution and did you accomplish it?

R – I don’t think so, what was it? A couple of years ago I had one that was to love myself more and to learn to love myself more, and I did that and I’m really proud of that because it has changed everything. This year I think it was just to keep going.

O – And she’s still going

R – And I’m still going


O – What is your current secret obsession?

R – Aldi microwave popcorn

O – Fantastic answer

R – Yeah it’s so good, really salty

O – What is your spirit animal and why?

R – Oh I knew this before, what is it. I think it’s a bird, a little brown bird. Probably like a sparrow

O Why?

R I’ve always liked sparrows. What’s yours out of curiosity?

O Mines a Unigon, Half unicorn half Dragon.


R – Duh!

O – I thought you knew me.

R – I feel like I don’t even know you, you don’t even know what my spirit animal is. I mean we talk about this so much (impersonating me). Of course you’re a Unigon, how did I not know that.

O – Do you have a life motto and what is it?

R – No I don’t

O – Got nothing?

R – Nope, do you ?

O – Yes.

R – What’s yours?

O – The answer in life is yes.

R – Oh yeah, I remember that one. That’s a good one, I like it.

O – Where do you see yourself in five years?

R – Always learning and hopefully creating installations

O – What kind of installations

R – Its back to the knitting, I want to knit installations, I want it to be multisensory.

O – What advise would you give to your childhood self?

R – Nothing, I like my childhood self. I wouldn’t be the same person if I hadn’t acted like that.

O – Nice, okay final question. Tell me something that not many people know about you.

R – Oh no, this is the worst question

O – Sucked in! I was trying to ask questions that I didn’t know the answer too,

R – Um… um… it’s kind of tricky, I have no idea.

O – Thanks Rachel, that was great!

R – Sorry I didn’t answer the last question.

O – No worries, nice to chat. Miss you loads.

R – Miss you too.