Budding fashion designers see work turned into knitwear outfits

Aspiring fashion designers from schools and colleges in the region had the chance to see their creative ideas turned into reality thanks to Nottingham Trent University.

We challenged art and design students across Nottingham to be creative and innovative whilst also respecting the tradition and craftsmanship of knit.

Juliana Sissons, Senior Lecturer in Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles

Aspiring fashion designers from schools and colleges in the region had the chance to see their creative ideas turned into reality thanks to Nottingham Trent University.

As part of the University's Knitting Nottingham exhibition, which is free and open to the public at Bonington Gallery until 28 November, school and college pupils were invited to come up with their own fashion knitwear designs.

The prize was a chance for the top three entrants to see their designs turned into real garments by skilled technicians at Nottingham Trent University.

Juliana Sissons, Senior Lecturer in Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles, organised the competition with the University's Schools, Colleges and Community Outreach team.

She said: "We challenged art and design students across Nottingham to be creative and innovative whilst also respecting the tradition and craftsmanship of knit and we were hugely impressed with the way the students responded to that brief and came up with some highly creative designs."

And impressing judges, including Juliana, were Patrycja Kucharska, 19, Sophie Bowater, 17 and overall winner Danielle Stradomsky, 18.

Danielle developed her ideas from a wartime theme, designing a woman’s knitted outfit inspired by elements of the soldiers' uniforms.

She saw her garment for the first time modelled at the opening night of the Knitting Nottingham exhibition.

"It looks absolutely amazing," said Danielle, who entered the competition while studying at Ashton Sixth Form in Ashton under Lyne. Since then she has gone on to start her Fashion Design course at Nottingham Trent University.

"I'd never entered a competition before so it was just amazing to win. I feel really proud and the technicians have done a brilliant job – it's so much better than I could have imagined."

Judges said they were impressed by her design development and excellent research sheets. As well as having her garment knitted, she also received £100 and a certificate.

Runner up Patrycja, 19, from Central College, Nottingham, designed a garment with an extended sleeve which could be wrapped around as a scarf.

She said: "I didn't realise it was going to be modelled and it looks amazing, it is just how I pictured it."

Fellow runner up Sophie, 17, also from Central College, took inspiration from the University's celebrations of 170 years of art and design heritage in the city for her piece.

"I went back to look at knitwear 170 years ago with the traditional arran jumpers and fishermen's jumpers and then looked at vintage wear and what's fashionable now," said Sophie. Her finished garments of a skirt and top were also created and modelled on the opening night.

The Knitting Nottingham exhibition showcases the past as well as future possibilities of knit and pushes the boundaries of knitwear design and technology. It has been arranged as part of the University's programme of activities marking 170 years of art and design heritage.

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    Image attached shows:
    (L-R) Sophie Bowater, Amy Carter (modelling Sophie's work), Laurie Bessems (modelling Danielle's work), winner Danielle Stradomsky, Emma Kevan (modelling Patrycja's work), Patrycja Kucharska.

Budding fashion designers see work turned into knitwear outfits

Published on 24 November 2014
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