These Times -How We Maintained Focus
Tabitha celebrates in Brighton.
Her knitting takes center stage.
These Times and How We Maintained focus
Jessica Westlake’s graduating project
From growing up in a small town in the south west, there wasn’t a large variety of job opportunities for young adults. I decided to work in bars and restaurants. The coast, not far away, was bustling with more people than my small town, it was where I worked in a bar.
I enjoyed working as a waitress in a cocktail bar, as I gained confidence from working in this environment.
Gaining confidence, I started working at a more sophisticated cocktail bar to build my experience and knowledge.
I Worked in the ‘Sunset Lounge’ cocktail bar.
I could visualise my knitwear displayed in this space, overlooking the coast, with the sunlight glistening beside my collection.
I want my designs and products to be fit for the market which socialise in the cocktail bar scenes.
I want to explore the vibrant colours, shapes and lines of the citrus fruits I used in the cocktails because they demonstrate a fun colour palette which will be utilised within my collages and knitting.
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
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.
The first years could spin a yarn but better still they are inventing their own.
Using found materials and spoils from the scrapstore the students are creating fantasy yarns and threads. From this experiment they will construct exciting 3D surfaces and structures
‘Sewing’ the seeds for future careers
Creating fantastical yarns to develop and manipulate into knit and construction. Go, go, go the first years!
The 1st yrs are researching inventive ways to make ‘yarn’. Based on research through drawing, and working with found and recycled materials, the students are busily creating fantasy yarns which will eventually be again translated into practical textile outcomes