Bente Geil about Geilsk:
My name is Bente Geil, I have been educated on Skals Håndarbejdsseminarium and I now live in Silkeborg. My company is called Geilsk, because I have my own - 'geilsk’ - way of doing things.
My designs are a-typical. They contain different techniques, as I seek to break with our knitting education: what we are allowed to do versus what we can do. I steer my design process in the direction of what I want, rather than letting the design be steered by what is usual.
I want to invent new things, and I know that this has limits in knitting. In the end, the stitch is either knitted or purled, but it is what happens around it that can be thought of as seminal.
They have to be humorous. Something special is created when humour and design are equal.
When my designs are named as they are, it is because it means something to me. They are not just a sweater with buttons or a number in a line. Well, of course, there is one design called 'No. 8'. I guess there is always an exception! (And by the way, there is also a design called 'The Exception'.)
My designs must also be classic and Danish. I design by classic rules. Never too much of something and usually with a finesse that suits it. I have a motto, which is: "Why should this be, and what is the meaning of it?" If I cannot answer these questions, it will not stand in knitting court, for I should not do it, just because I can. I am proud to be part of the designing spirit that is characteristic of Danish knitting design and Danish design in general.
The little man in my logo has been following me since my eldest son was around 3 years old. The man looks at me with his uneven eyes and his happy smile and tells me that it is ok to be different. That is the way I also want my knitting design to be: Simple as the little man’s lines and yet with a twist away from the common idea of knitting.
With kind regards