Leonie Edmead
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Leonie Edmead

Textile DesignerManchester, United Kingdom
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Leonie Edmead

Textile DesignerManchester, United Kingdom
About me
Studying Textiles in Practice at Manchester School of Art has enabled me to explore a wide range of textile specialisms and build a bank of transferable and creative skills. With an abstract, artistic approach to my work and an aptitude for structural textiles, my current work results in woven samples. I have chosen to study textiles as I have always had an interest in fashion but throughout my education, I have taken a greater interest in the details of the fabrics used. My practice is fuelled by the endless creative freedom I can have with designing and making fabrics. From samples woven on tabletop looms, to CAD floor looms and jacquard looms, my portfolio has a diverse body of work, showing my ability to adapt and deliver unique collections of fabrics in response to briefs. Colour and patterns are integral to my work. I am constantly drawing inspiration from a range of sources and finding innovative ways to translate my inspirations into textiles. My current work explores woven textiles as a means of cultural expression, drawing inspiration from my heritage and cultural lineage. Post graduation, I would be open to various roles within the textile and fashion industries. I would like to gain experience in the commercial design world and continue to develop my knowledge and skills gained from studying during these past few years. Instagram: @leonie.textiles
Projects
  • Unravelling the Threads of Identity through Textiles: Jacquard Collection
    Unravelling the Threads of Identity through Textiles: Jacquard CollectionDuring my final year of university, I undertook a self-initiated project as an extension of my dissertation topic surrounding the links between identity, culture, and textiles. I explored what Caribbean culture means to me by interpreting my St Kitts heritage into textiles. The jacquard collection is the final body of figurative textiles that draws inspiration from nature imagery. All samples in this collection were handwoven with hand-dyed West Indian Sea Island cotton.
  • Unravelling the Threads of Identity through Textiles: Carnival Collection
    Unravelling the Threads of Identity through Textiles: Carnival CollectionDuring my final year of university, I undertook a self-initiated project as an extension of my dissertation topic surrounding the links between identity, culture, and textiles. I explored what Caribbean culture means to me by interpreting my St Kitts heritage into textiles. The carnival collection is inspired by the vibrant energy of carnival culture. I drew inspirations from Ghanaian textiles both to make cultural links between West Africa and the Caribbean and to experiment with block weavin
  • Unravelling the Threads of Identity through Textiles: Tweeds
    Unravelling the Threads of Identity through Textiles: TweedsDuring my final year of university, I undertook a self-initiated project as an extension of my dissertation topic surrounding the links between identity, culture, and textiles. I explored what Caribbean culture means to me by interpreting my St Kitts heritage into textiles. The project is split into separate collections as I aimed to experiment with a range of materials and techniques. The collections are inspired by all things Caribbean from family archives to Caribbean nature and carnivals.
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Work history
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    BAME AmbassadorThe Union, Manchester Metropolitan University
    Manchester, United KingdomPart Time
    As a BAME Ambassador for the Arts & Humanities faculty at Manchester Metropolitan University, I am responsible for representing students within the faculty from BAME backgrounds. The aim of the BAME Ambassador scheme is to reduce the awarding gap for students, ensuring all students are graded equally regardless of their background. We also aim to create inclusive spaces for students and to create safe spaces for our concerns to be expressed. I am also co-manager of our social media page which includes creating, posting and managing the content for our audience.
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    Turnbull & Asser logo
    Design InternTurnbull & Asser
     - London, United KingdomInternship
    During summer 2020, I undertook an internship with Turnbull & Asser, working closely with their design team. This was an amazing experience and gave a real insight to working for menswear brand. My day to day responsibilities included attending design team meetings, producing mood boards and comparison shop data for the buying and merchandising teams along with attending many meetings and gaining a greater understanding of the business and industry. I also had the opportunity to self-direct a project for the company’s new homeware collection, in which I had to up-cycle silks from previous tie collections for appliqué blanket designs. I saw the project through from initial design stages to the final pattern cutting stages before the blankets were made. The blankets were released in Autumn 2020 for sale.
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Skills
  • Project Management
  • Social Media Management
  • Design Development
  • Weaving
  • CAD Design
  • Textile Design
  • Textile Dyeing
  • Print Design
Education
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    BA(Hons) Textiles in PracticeManchester Metropolitan University
    Manchester, United Kingdom
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    A LevelsKing Edward VI College Stourbridge
     - Stourbridge, United Kingdom
Awards
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    The Belly Button Design AwardBelly Button Design Studio
    Awarded to work demonstrating a professional approach to illustrative design making. Acknowledging a bold use of colour and design technique.
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    Marks and Spencer logo
    The M&S Design Team- Colour AwardMarks and Spencer
    Awarded to a practitioner who tells a story through colour and employs innovative and exciting ways of introducing colour to create a range of outcomes.
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