The Mechanics of the Field

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Olivia Holbrook explains her unique knit project.
‘The mechanics of the field’ is inspired by family holidays and the love of unusual objects.
My family took me to Devon or Cornwall every year, allowing me to play in fields and exploring in the woods; bringing my attention to wind farms and tractors, the agricultural lifestyle that you don’t find in the city.
My love of mechanical objects has inspired me in many ways.
I’m intrigued by things that people overlook.
My collection for ‘The Mechanics of the Field’ has led me to explore less travelled  pathways, creating designs that have several outcomes.
I see my collection being used for menswear  but I’ve also have turned my designs
into objects children, and even adults, can play with.
By using both machine and hand knit techniques this has allowed my outcomes to have a variety of  weights and textures, allowing the audience to explore different experiences through touch and play.
My colour scheme is bright, using primary and secondary colours inspired by reference I made while exploring the wonderful world of tractors.

Spotlight on Jess Game

These Times and How we Maintained Focus

Each weekend we will follow the progress of two of our graduating students

Working under these conditions they deserve all the glittering prizes!

Let me introduce you to Jess Game – Knitter extraordinaire

Here, in Jess’s words, is the narrative to her work

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For years I had the above image of me sat on my gorgeous plastic throne hung on my bedroom wall. At the time, I was extremely enthusiastic about gardening and took great pride in my veggie patch.

However, I saw (and still see) these two funny looking pumpkins as my biggest gardening achievement. Peas please, is a knitwear collection inspired by my childhood love of vegetables.

This collection is led by colour and pattern and is intended for children’s fashion.

It is full of character and quirky details to give something usually considered to be boring (especially to children) a more fun and exciting view.

It has been created on Dubieds and domestic knitting machines to create knits of varying weights and structures.

The collection features a range of fun jacquards and intarsias along with some heavily textural pieces.

Handknitted and crochet embellishments have also been applied to create individual and unique details and trims.

With a Little Help From Our Friends

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Working outside is definitely an option for our creatives Textile Design for Fashion and Interior students

and in this glorious weather they are even getting a little help from their friends.

The Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters: Award Winner Natalie Kelly

Natalie Kelly (Third year student Textile Design for Fashion and Interior) wins the company award in recognition of the high standard achieved in a project related to the knitting industry.

Natalie will graduate alongside her contemporaries this June.The show is open to the public.You too are invited.
Come along and see a wealth of talent across all disciplines.
From 10th June 2017

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