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A fashion student has designed a knitwear range out of objects found at the beach

A fashion student at Nottingham Trent University has designed a knitwear range out of objects found at the beach

Harriet Harrison with her designs
Picture credit: Pushpita Chatterjee

Fashion student creates outfit with litter on the beach

A fashion student has designed a knitwear range out of objects found at the beach, writes student journalist Jyothsna Nelloolichalil.

Harriet Harrison, 26, who is a final year Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles student at Nottingham Trent University, created a collection out of litter found on the Kent coast.

The young designer says her project named ‘Sense of Place’ is inspired by her home in Margate.

Harriet, who is studying at the Nottingham School of Art & Design, as part of her collection created a crochet top and a tote bag made from recycled plastic from the beach.

Another piece is a translucent modular padded garment with pockets filled with litter and found objects from the coast.

She said: “The coast has been very important to me, it’s like an anchor to my life.

“And I wanted to create a concept on the issue surrounding man-made waste found on the beach and in the sea.

“During my walks on the coast, I started collecting litter and discarded materials which I have integrated into my final year work to give the discarded materials a second life or purpose.

“I coloured the plastic bags and cut them in stripes to mimic yarn and crocheted them together to make the top.

Outfit made out of litter
Picture credit: Pushpita Chatterjee

“I have used predominantly plastics and bottle tops which I've washed, painted and embellished.

“Throughout my project I want to show the physical and emotional journey one embarks on. My project seeks to convey the solitary emotional journey you embark on whilst travelling through the terrain, conveying both the stillness and the chaos, explored through my use of material experimentation and textiles.”

Harriet intends to work for a sustainable slow fashion brand after graduating from university.

Her work featured in Nottingham Trent University's art and design Student Showcase which saw graduating artists and designers displaying their work as part of a public exhibition.

Other subject areas on show include Fashion Design, Architecture, Decorative Arts Product Design.

Helen Hill, course leader for Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles at Nottingham Trent University, said: “The design community is increasingly keen on making designs kinder to their planet.

“Harriet has taken her personal life experience with her hometown in Kent and combined it with sustainability and modern fashion.

“Her project inculcates both eco-friendly and emotional elements and is a fresh approach to fashion knitwear.”

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    75% of NTU students go on to graduate-level employment or graduate-entry education / training within fifteen months of graduating (Guardian University Guide 2021).

    NTU is 4th globally (and 3rd in the UK) for sustainability in the 2021 UI Green Metric University World Rankings (out of more than 900 participating universities).

A fashion student has designed a knitwear range out of objects found at the beach

Published on 8 June 2022
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