‘Studying design for textiles at Heriot Watt University my specialist area is in knit although I have done 2 years of print and weave before specialising in my chosen discipline.
During my foundation degree at Newcastle College before starting university I was introduced to knit and started hand knitting. I produced a hand knitted jumper for my final project which I naturally dyed using berries and onions (anything I could find in the house) to produce a natural colour palette to reflect my theme ‘organic structures’ this piece was part of the Knitted Textile Awards in 2012 where I was a finalist, this exhibited as past of The Knitting and Stitching show in London and Harrogate.’
‘I have currently just finished my third year at Heriot Watt University and will be starting my fourth year in September. During third year I got the chance to complete industry projects with Todd & Duncan, Johnston’s of Elgin and Dhu. Cashmere as well as working on colour and innovation projects. All these projects gave me the opportunity to experiment with colour and high quality yarns like cashmere. Within these projects I have used machine knitting (domestic, v bed, and shima seiki). I have also experimented with digital print, foil print, marble and discharge printing onto knit within these projects to push my boundaries and skills. I am passionate about colour and try to show this throughout my work. Research and compiling mood boards is something I extremely enjoy when starting a new project. The colour project I produced in third year got selected as a finalist for the Society of Dyers Award (2014) which was a great achievement being against my fellow fourth years. This project also focused on sustainability and minimising waste in design.
I am currently interning for Trend Bible and planning for my fourth and final year at university where I hope to continuing working with industry and being experimental with colour within knit. I am also interested in trend work and how I can take this forward into my final projects.’