Emma is a recent Textiles Design graduate from the University of Brighton, specialising in knitwear design. Through her work she enjoys exploring innovative structures and intricate patterns alongside traditional techniques, often seeking inspiration from architecture and nature.
Her final graduate collection focuses on the use of British wool, utilising the unique properties of different British sheep breeds, whilst exploring structures developed from traditional cable knitting.
The collection reflects a continued passion for wool and British craft stemming initially from her involvement in the Campaign for Wool’s ‘Wool School’ competition in 2013 to design a sweater inspired by traditional British knitting. More recently she has completed internships with John Rocha, Donna Karan and at John Arbon Textiles – a traditional worsted mill in Devon. Gaining an in-depth understanding of the properties and processing of different fibres on her placement, encouraged further exploration within her final major project.
The lustre and silk–like drape of Wensleydale, the fineness and bounce of Bluefaced Leicester and the definition of stitch and colour variation of Kent Romney wool are some of the qualities Emma has enjoyed discovering through her knitting, whilst forging connections with like-minded wool enthusiasts. Her collection of knitted fabrics and contemporary sweaters are being exhibited at the University of Brighton and Graduate Fashion Week in June 2015.
Upon graduation, Emma aspires to pursue a career in knitwear design and widen her industry experience, in keeping with her passions for wool, British manufacturing and quality knitwear.
Making for the Challenge
The piece is an intricately structured cushion cover. Emma developed the technique on a domestic knitting machine using a partial knitting technique whereby sections can be knitted one at a time. Altering the tension where the sections are then joined creates a complex three-dimensional effect, which has then been repeated back and forth across the piece. The fabric has then been hand-sewn together. The Cambrian Mountains wool lends itself excellently to the design; with lovely soft draping qualities whilst retaining its structure after washing. In natural ecru, the intention is to emphasise the structure and showcase the quality of the yarn.