A Scottish Knitwear Textile Designer is currently exploring digital applications of knitwear. My graduate collection Baltic Constructivism is inspired by my travels to Estonia and the contrasts in architectural details between two areas of Tallinn; The Old Town and Lasnamäe. Architecture has always been at the root of my process, sourcing inspiration from small details and conjunction of materials found within urban landscapes. My practise focuses on creating a juxtaposition of structures through innovative surface manipulation techniques whether this be through stitch, yarn or finishing. I am interested in pairing unconventional yarns together to create unexpected outcomes. I have explored yarn behaviours this year and how this effects the character of the knit trying to push the boundaries of what people perceive knitwear to look like. With sustainability at the forefront of my design decisions I have created a zero waste collection using donated and deadstock yarns using digital knit technology as a way to eliminate waste.
- Folding FacadesFolding Facades, is an additional portfolio project focusing on the 3D folded structures of paper inspired by Estonian brickwork and the facades of buildings from my primary research. I have worked on replicating these structures from paper into 3D pieces of knitwear for a fashion context. Influenced by origami folding and the work of Victoria Salmon using these same ideas in the construction of technical digital knit files. Deadstock yarns have been used in the construction of this project with
- Baltic ConstructivismBaltic Constructivism SS22 Womenswear collection, looks at the formulation of knitwear inspired by travels to Estonia and the contrasts in architectural details between two areas of Tallinn; The Old Town and Lasnamäe. Where Stark communist blocks meet intricate patterns. Exploring the technical possibilities of digital knitting. Experimenting with surface manipulation processes by felting, cutting, and embossing. Sustainability has been at the core of the material choices and overall circular de
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The Gillian Purvis Trust AwardGlasgow School of ArtAwarded the 17th and final Gillian Purvis Trust Award 2021 for further development on my Graduate collection ‘Baltic Constructivism’. I plan to use the award to further my knowledge and skills in Digital Knitting. The award looks to support creative students from the Glasgow Area in their final year, I am thrilled to be the awardee in the final year of the trusts award after helping so many students before me! I look to produce experimental samples for Baltic Constructivism. Expanding my knowledge of the machinery and programming while producing innovative contemporary knitwear. After such a challenging year without access to machinery or studios this award has given me a huge boost to keep focus within my process, opening up so many more opportunities. I cannot thank the trustees at The Gillian Purvis trust enough and I look forward to sharing my work with them in the following months!
Highly Commended AwardThe Textile SocietyReally pleased to have been awarded Highly commended for my work on Baltic Constructivism by The Textile Society. A selection of my work will be available to view on the societies website under -2021 -Student Bursaries.