Author and screenwriter Emma Kennedy returns with what might be the ultimate
To knoll, or not to knoll – that is the question.
I was pleasantly surprised, recently, to read a tweet from a much-loved comedy entertainer. She had posted a photograph of
Knolling, for the unaware, is ‘the process of arranging related objects in parallel or 90 degree angles as a method of organisation’. It’s a slow and deliberate process, and one that, if you indulge in
It also prolongs the build. I have never understood the urge to open any newRelax with Bricks, we have a strict rule: only one bag a day (unless the bag we’re doing takes less than 30 minutes) and always, always knoll. I build in real time at RWB but I time-lapse the knolls, which can often take a good 20 minutes.
The beauty of that, of course, is that viewers can then choose if they want to watch the knoll in real time by slowing things down at their end. Knolling, in and of itself, is a way to relax. I love it. I then add in a process called ‘The Pearson’ for viewers. It’s a slow sweep over the knolled bricks, named after the AFOLWAC (Adult Fans of
Everything we do at RWB is slow and deliberate and chilled. It’s lovely. The extra advantage of filming the knoll is so that viewers who are building their own version of the set can use it as a template to build along at home.
Knolling, though, was not invented by the
If you care to, you can Google an entire gallery of beautiful knolls. They’re artworks; visions in perfect colourful order. If you like carefully putting things into pots with labels (please see previous columns), then knolling is a logical addition to your
There are occasions on RWB when knolling goes out the window, but these are few and far between, confined to the Author’s Own builds I sometimes do or whenever I’m tackling a 3-in-1 that’s rather large. I’ve just been building
In that instance, I split the bricks into coloured pots and firkle – that’s the act of rooting through a pot of bricks with a finger or, in my case, a small pair of forceps. Some people adore the sound of firkling, that gentle rifle through
Some of you, though, will hate the idea of knolling, and for many, part of the pleasure of
But mostly, it’s just a simple joy.