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Some of the finalists at the Knitting and Stitching Show Alexandra Palace

Winners of the Knitted Textiles Awards 2011

Katie Jones


Montana Williamson

Hannah Taylor
Genevieve Sweeney

Crafts Council Innovation Award

Maria Zwerger

Linda Sadler

Anna Krystyna Casey


Sandy Black Award

Maria Zwerger

Erika Knight Award

Felicity Thomas




Glasgow School of Art
Royal College of Art
Loughborough University
My work is based on geometrical forms derived from studies of mechanical objects and industrial sites; the everyday structures of modern communication and transport; from computer memory boards to the docksides of Glasgow. These individual components are represented using both knitting methods of intarsia and creating individual patches of knit of different shapes, colour and sizes, which are linked together to form further patterns and structures.
Victoria Campbell's graduate collection is inspired by the lines of steel and glass in architecture, combined with the natural movement of bird feathers.  Through carefully selected materials and time consuming knit techniques, Victoria Campbell has managed to create a desirable and luxurious collection of glamorous dresses.
Through process driven design, glass, paper and wax form fragile structures, entrapping crocheted imagery of the microscopic world around us. The resulting objects, somewhere between design and sculpture, are versatile as well as beautiful, and suitable for a wide variety of environments and applications.

University of West of England
Nottingham Trent
Plymouth College of Art
Viv Cassidy presents Love Gun Knitwear which is inspired by the human heart with elements of the Glam rock era of music. Knitted on a mixture of chunky, normal and fine gauge machines, techniques used were tucking, fully fashioning, shaping and the use of lycra yarns to create unusual surface manipulation. Viv believes her knitwear is modern, fun, colourful and unique.
Exploring the beauty of nature's repetitive shapes and textures through hand manipulated machine knitted and crocheted fabric. Producing a collection of exaggerated scale neckpieces reflecting the richly textural organic shapes and repeated forms found within the natural world. A soft, muted colour palette allows the voluminous and sculptural textures to be highlighted tonally
Initially inspired by Hundertwasser, I have created a knitwear collection utilising bright collections, organic forms, with and emphasis of a reconciliation of humans with nature. I have strived to create a woman's knit collection which is strongly individualistic. My mission included using both commercially available yarns with locally processed and hand-dyed wool to create truly one-off, unique pieces.

Nottingham Trent
Duncan of Jordastone College of Art
Central St Martins
My collection 'Bodyscapes' is a sophisticated blend of tonal nudes used to accentuate stitch and tonal marl. The contrast of fabrics and silhouettes represent a strong elegant stance, capturing empathy with nature's scars. Thus promoting the idea of protection from destruction and the predicament of 'Mother Nature' against 'Man'.
Pushing the boundaries of knitting as we know it- combining conventional methods of knitting, with non-conventional materials- metal wire; leather cord; waxed cotton cord; suede thonging; foiling; gold leaf and spray paint, SH(e) has created luxury and maleable, knitted, androgynous garments, in which the wearer feels empowered.
Each snood is classified as a Battle Piece. In our Battle Piece let us be armed- defiant against any challenges of the 21st century.
Katie's collection illustrates the Native American fable of 'Utset and the Sia Flood'. The garments embody the Goddes Utset's procession from the old world unto the new. The bold dramatic silhouettes combine traditional handcraft techniques in modern execution such as knit, crochet and embroidery, juxtaposed with influence from traditional Native American textile pattern and costume.

University of Brighton
University of Huddersfield
Herriot Watt
Focusing on the versatility of knitwear, the vital objective is maximum suitability in a single garment; allowing wearers to be expressive with their clothing while simultaneously eliminating the pressures of size labelling.
Can one item suit different wearers? Can one size fit all? Garments can fit sizes 8-18 and can be worn in over forty different ways.
My exhibition displays a contemporary twist that harnesses traditional knitting skills. Inspired by negative space within architecture and my enthusiasm for hand knitting, I chose techniques and the Super Chunky Wool to demonstrate the use of my commercial knowledge to produce extreme hand knitted fabrics.

The knitted structure is organic in that an entire garment shape and design are created simultaneously with the fabric.  Demonstrating this organic attribute in knitting, Kristen Orme has developed two garments that eliminate the perception of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ sides of the fabric and can be reinterpreted by the wearer in versatile applications.

Chelsea College
Grays School Art
Norwich University College of the Arts
Birds of Paradise' is a glittering collection of cutting edge knitwear inspired by the Ballet Russes and eastern fairytales. Intense, hypnotic colour and enchanting textures combine to suggest a daydream world of exotic fantasy, feathered with ideas from nature and given flight by the fantastical imaginative dazzle of 1920's Paris. 
My work is inspired by my collection of keepsakes and the idea of collecting and hoarding objects to keep memories alive.  I layered images of my keepsakes with letting from my diary when was six years old creating a range of knitted fabrics that evoke a feeling of mystery and curiosity.
I began by looking at coral through a digital microscope. I like to use natural and sustainable materials so wool, with its amazing qualities, seemed an obvious choice. I used my knitting machine to make a fabric, which I then de-constructed using scissors and re-assembled using hand stitching. The result is a tactile and versatile fabric.

London Metropolitan University
Ravensbourne College
Chelsea College
Combining basic, organic forms with more complex three dimensional structures, the result is a one-off range of quirky, yet sophisticated sustainable knitted textiles.  Rather than feeding the increasingly globalised market we are living in where textile is consumed fast, these products communicate a clear message: to buy less, but more special pieces.
A collection inspired by natural beauty, developed from a series of abstract paintings by Agnes Martin that reflect on states of beauty and perfection. My inspiration comes from the simplicity and use of colour blocking from these paintings mixed with the detailing and intricate patterns found on butterfly wings. The use of fine, lightweight yarns gives a sense of fragility and transparency and complements the spring/summer collection.
My final collection explores the notion of knitwear as a sensory experience. This was experimented through highly tactile fabrics that encourage the wearer to engage with the garments. The idea of embellishment is pushed to new levels by utilising unusual materials such as hardware in combination with an array of knitted techniques.

Nottingham Trent
Royal College of Art
Winchester School of Art
Clothing is a signifier, expressing the individual character. My muse  "The Hitchcock Villain", is a Gentlemen who seems at first sophisticated and seductive, that hides wickedness within themselves. There is juxtaposition between reality and perception. The use of dress altars what we first perceive of the character, the manipulation of appearance allows suspense. 
Inspired by Eco warriors, circus animals and my Northern hometown's chavvy style I used a combination of hand, domestic and digital machine knitting to represent these usually menacing and angry beings in a playful, knitted, tongue-in-cheek way to create an "Urban Jungle" for my Menswear MA Collection at The Royal College of Art."
Translated into simple knitted collars, a restricted stripy elongated sleeve and deconstructed jumper harem pants; using innovative techniques including photo transfer remembering traditional stitches with the use of cables and moss stitch. Serious but edgy, formal yet urban. 

University of Salford
Central St Martins
Nottingham Trent
Each day technology is evolving
Constant updates and new models
A race of evolution is taking over
This race leaves behind a sea of discarded technology
This look has been created by recycled, obsolete, electrical cables. Stripped, hand knitted and combined with luxurious mohair. This unwanted material has been transformed to become desirable.
For my final project I explored the ideology of making recycled materials appear beautiful. I wanted to challenge the way that "Rubbish" was perceived within the fashion and textile industry. I decided to surround my project with the idea of using materials which society today usually discard and disregard. I used materials which can be found everyday and used them in my textiles. I also wanted the way in which I use the recycled materials not so obvious and somehow wished to play around with the overall portrayal. I wanted to cause a reaction out of my audience and make them think about how much as a whole we as a society, waste things. Sustainability and recycling how easy it really is to maintain if we all began to do it, we could make a big change.
Move around, be in transition, connect and then disconnect.
Still transformation.
Create a shelter to not get hurt. Hide.
But don´t imprison yourself. Be yourself.
Self-acceptance. Something about identity. Given?
Created by your surroundings.
The surrounding you choose.
Create your own identity. A few identities...







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