"Textiles"

Research: Remaking & Reusing

A shift in user attitude is needed, moving away from product disposal and towards longevity. The key to product durability is about developing an emotional attachment to something, which creates a desire to care for and repair, rather than dispose of and replace. Designers need to change the way they work, considering the end use of products to allow for a circular system to develop, that extends the life cycle of materials through remaking and reusing.

Research: Provenance & Transparency

Today we know very little about the majority of things we buy. By providing a narrative about the provenance of a product and sharing information with a transparent and authentic approach, we can tell the story of the supply chain and the people, places and materials involved.

Research: Sustainable Consumption

Consumption and sustainability do not naturally work together, but I am questioning how I can use my design skills and knowledge to produce products that address human emotional needs, in order to achieve a long-term sustainable balance. I would like to design products that people connect with and to build a relationship between designer, maker and user.

Research: 3D Printed Textiles

Research: 3D Printed Textiles

3D printing is a hot topic at the moment. It’s a technology that has been around for over 20 years, but it is only until recently that it has been used in fashion and textiles. Bradley Rothenberg is an architect who is currently working on developing 3D printed textiles…

Research: Campaign for Wool Interiors Collection 2014

Research: Campaign for Wool Interiors Collection 2014

Since I am interested in transitioning from fashion to interiors, during Wool Week I went to the Campaign for Wool Interiors Collection in London, to see how textile designers are currently working with wool for home products. I was particularly inspired by Caron Penney’s woven tapestry, Naomi Paul’s crochet lighting, Ptolemy Mann’s Ikat sofa and Kit Kemp’s digitally embroidered upholstery fabric.

Research: 3D Printing & Knitting – Pringle

Research: 3D Printing & Knitting – Pringle

During London Design Festival I went to a talk about material innovation in fashion. The panel discussion focused on new developments in 3D printing for fashion. It was held at the Pringle store where they showcased their recent material innovation; combining knitwear with 3D printing

Sneak Peek: Glancing Back & Moving Forwards

Sneak Peek: Glancing Back & Moving Forwards

This time last year I was in Peru. I went for a month on a mission to turn my knitted homeware collection into reality! My ambitions were high and the trip got off to a rocky start when my yarn was stollen…

In Sight: traditional Peruvian knitted chullos (hats)

In Sight: traditional Peruvian knitted chullos (hats)

…I came across a beautiful collection of chullos, an Andian style hat with earflaps… They were incredibly fine that it was hard to believe they had been hand knitted. The complex geographic patterns used multiple colours and they were beautifully finished with a tiny scalloped edge.