Final year knitwear student, Hannah Brabon was recently awarded the HATRA Bursary of £2500 by The Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters.
After being interviewed by a panel of judges; presenting work and answering technical questions, she was selected as one of 14 winners in the country. As well as the bursary Hannah is being mentored by Peter White who visited recently to see how her work is progressing and give business and interview/portfolio advice.
Hannah’s graduate collection focusses on the detrimental impacts that the textiles industry has on the environment looking specifically at images of water polluted by dye and ink waste, as well as how this effects the surrounding communities. Her colour palette has developed from own photographs of landscapes ranging from acid washed denim to dark indigo tones of blue, as well as hints of pinks, lavender purple and mint green. The textural qualities of natural forms such as water and mountains inspired the sense of pattern, line and shape throughout the fabrics.
Hannah aim to create a luxury sportswear inspired women’s knitwear collection of outfits that are innovative and forward thinking, using denim fabrics and yarns in combination with other sustainable and high quality materials in order to create a highly technical, luxury fabrics. She hopes to promote the concept of slow fashion and aims to have a low impact on the environment.
To continue the idea of clothing with a long life, Hannah initially focused on using pre-loved denim and transforming it into something new and innovative. “I am interested in the history of denim and am inspired by how denim has been a part of the lives of so many people; from a vast array of sub-cultures and classes in societies throughout the centuries. From ancient Japanese Boro textiles to present day casual wear, I am fascinated by the stories behind the clothing that people wear.”
Hannah has used many knitting techniques on a wide range of machinery; these include domestic, Dubied and Shima Seiki knitting machines across a variety of gauges, exploring intarsia, e-wrapping, weaving in, pleating and ribbing. She has also embraced hand dyeing and machine embroidery, in order to add a further depth and dimension to the fabrics. Developing on from the idea of water and preserving the landscape, she uses heat pressing techniques with plastics, resulting in a waterproofed effect.The use of heat pressing techniques with plastics, resulting in a waterproofed effect, encapsulate the idea of water and preserving the landscape.
11 Printed Textile students from WSA have their work on display at an exhibition in London as part of London Design Festival. Students took part in the 6th Annual Wallpaper Competition run by CAMAC and the selected designs can be seen at the Dominion Theatre. Students showing are Tori McLean, Thea-Rose Maxted-Pettmann, Sarah Street, Rebecca Walton, Kat Walker, Ellice Soloman, Chloe Rutherford, Annabelle Jennings, Lucy Harris, Charlie Magnay and Alex Poyner. Leah Saunders, a first year student, also has her work on display as part of the 2nd Student Textile Challenge in response to the Warner Archive.
At the exhibition opening it was announced Lucy Harris would have her cushions on display at the Fashion Textile Museum Cafe, alongside Alex Poyner’s work which is already in situ there. Her entry was in response to the Artists’ Textiles: Warhol to Picasso exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum.
The CAMAC awards were presented at CAMAC 6th Annual Student Awards reception on Wednesday 17th September in London.
Sarah Street won a Work Placement Prize at Holden Décor for her Art Deco inspired wallpaper.
Chloe Rutherford won a Work Placement Prize at AVA CADCAMGROUP for her Art Deco wallpaper design.
Ellice Soloman won a Work Placement Prize at CWV Wall coverings for her Deco inspired designs based on transport.
Alex Poyner was awarded Joint 2nd Prize Winner of the Teapod Café Prize at the Fashion and Textile Museum where her wallpaper is on display.
Meghan has recently been awarded a bursary by The Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters. One of only four students selected to receive this award in the UK.The bursaries are awarded to students whose projects could benefit the knitting and knitwear industry. Meghan plans to invest the bursary into her final major project where she will be exploring the theme of Scottish heritage while seeking to make the traditional modern.
For her Muse collection she decided to focus on heritage and androgyny as this is something she has always been interested in, Meghan looked at taking inspiration from quirky male characters alongside the designer Margaret Howell to bring a contemporary feel to the project.
For Pre Collection Meghan predominantly looked at Japanese architecture and the art of folding paper, she was inspired by the shapes and the shadows and tried to recreate these within fabric swatches by using techniques such as pleats and rib structures, these ideas were then translated into an outfit.
We look forward to seeing Meghan’s final collection in a few months. #wsaknit