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This page features graduates who have taken a textile degree and are starting out on a Textile Based Career

The information listed aims to give current or would-be students an idea of jobs open to them once they graduate.

If you have recently left University and would like to be included on this page just click on the 'contact us' link in the menu above.

Students are listed in alphabetical order

Max Alexander

I am Ahab
Knitters Necklace
Mr Pink and Mr Yellow
Severed Head

I graduated from Camberwell College of Arts in 2007 with a degree in Sculpture.

Whilst at college I worked on knitted sculptures and knitted animations. After graduating I exhibited knitted artworks at a number of venues in London including the Affordable Art Fair where I ran a workshop on knitting blood and eyeballs.I am currently running a handmade jewellery business specialising in knitting themed jewellery and accessories as well as working on new sculptures and animations. This Summer I am working on a game with lots of knitted features for the V&A Village fete with a fellow Sculpture graduate Isabel Vince.

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Eleanor Amoroso


I graduated from University of Westminster in Summer 2010, where I studied fashion design but have always been preoccupied with textiles and knits.

For my graduate collection I used long lengths of fringing which I knotted together using macrame techniques to create 'knitwear' pieces. Each piece is made completely by hand using macrame techniques.

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Claire Andrew


Graduated 2011 with first class honours. Graduate (AW11) collection sponsored by Rowan wools. Returned to study fashion to follow a love of design and also completed internship with Giles, London (in preparation for the SS10 Paris show) and assisted Stylist Emma Pritchard in New York. Work is often inspired by nature and love how knit can almost develop in an organic way to create pieces that look grown rather than made. Currently working towards own label and hope to show at London Fashion Week in the near future. Would also like to work freelance for trend prediction agencies and work on catwalk showpieces for other design houses.

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Victoria Bulmer

Finalist, Knitted Student Textile Awards 2008: Graduated from Duncan of &Design, Dundee, 2008

Currently in Orkney on placement with Tait and Style -and absolutely loving it! Victoria is designing a new collection for Tait and Style. Tait and Style are in the middle of a studio move, but hope to have a new collection designed by the end of the year. Victoria has also exhibited her work recently and intends to apply for the Royal college of Art as she would like to progress her work a lot more and take it into fashion. (Update pending)

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Anna Krystyna Casey

Cellular Blue
Cell Culture Pendant
Hooked Homeware Ring Dish

After graduating from Loughborough University Multi Media Textiles BA in 2011, I have worked to establish myself as an innovative textiles artist and designer. I have developed a range of home ware and jewellery using my distinctive techniques and imagery, which is available through my online store, and a number of galleries across the country. I have also contined to develop my sculpture and decorative arts collections, which is exhibited around the country on a regular basis.

The business side is also progressing, as well as being evolved in numerous exhibitions, I am attending lots of selling events, selling online and in galleries, and am now working towards BCTF 2014. I have also moved up to Flow membership of Design Factory, and took part in their montoring program, working with Stuart Ackroyd.

I am currently exhibiting my work at The National Centre for Craft and Design at Sleaford 8 June - 26 August 2013: Synthesis

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Kandy Diamond

I 'heart' snow scarf
Commissions for Lady Luck
Pencil Scarves
Knitted Pumps

Finalist, Knitted Student Textile Awards 2006: Graduated from The University of Manchester 2006

Set up my own label 'Knit and Destroy' in October 2006 I run my own small business, designing and making a wide range of knitted accessories and home wares. I'm currently supplying to a variety of shops in the UK, Europe and USA. My custom knits include: Lady Luck Rules OK, (London based jewellery brand, November 2007 - Present), Lazy Oaf, scarf and other commission designs (2007 - 2008), 'Pimp my pumps', commissioned knitted pumps for touring exhibition (September 2007), Superette shop window display, knitted props (July & December 2007)

I have been lecturing in knitted textiles at The University of Manchester since September 08. I also took workshops in 3D manipulated textiles, machine knitting and crochet to final year BTEC fashion students at Chesterfield College from March-May 2007. I am hoping to study an MA in textiles in order to further my knowledge of knitwear for fashion and am looking to branch out into making garments under my label 'Knit and Destroy'.

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Mandi Dikki

1930's Glamour

Finalist, Clothes Show Live Young Knitwear Designer of the Year 2010: Graduated from the University of Derby 2012

My degree was in Fashion studies but after becoming a finalist I focused on knitwear. Handknitting interested me more than machine knitting because 3 dimensional shapes looked better handknitted.

My graduate collection is called Elizabethan jewels because I took inspiration from the colours, jewellery shapes and decorative details in the film ‘Elizabeth: The Golden Age’. Something I do a lot is knitted chains. This started off when I broke one of my favourite necklaces. While looking for a missing piece I noticed the various sizes of links that were used to make the necklace.

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Young Ju Do

All images: 'Butterfly Life'

Finalist, Knitted Student Textile Awards 2008: Graduated from Central St Martins, London 2008

Young Ju is working as an intern for Celine in the knitwear department

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Alison Firth


Alison graduated from Bucks New University with a Degree in Knitted Textile Design which then lead her to study an MA in Fashion at Kingston University. She has exhibited her BA collection during New Designers in London and Indigo, Paris. Alison's MA collection was onthe Catwalk during London Fashion Week at Vauxhall Fashion Week and Tent London. Currently and throughout her two degrees she also worked for a London Based Knit Studio, Sidney Bryan, working on Statement Catwalk Pieces for London, Paris and Milan Fashion Weeks.

Alison is currently the Senior Knit Technician at Bucks New University and runs Hand Knit and Crochet Workshops at 'Make M'e in Cobham. She also Freelances for an Knit agency and is working towards a new collection.

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Jennifer Jarvis


Finalist Pringle visionary knitwear award 2008. Selected for the final Gala Show and entered for the Gold award at Graduate fashion week 2008: Graduated from De Montfort, Leicester 2008

Currently working for Felder Felder's Spring/Summer '09 and for De Montfort university in an ethical knitting project.

Jennifer is has worked for Mark Fast and Acorn Conceptual textiles (Summer 2009), and is now running her own knitwear business

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Kate Jenkins

Wish You Were Here
Pop Up Shop
Kate's Cafe
Window Detail

Kate graduated in 1995 from University of Brighton with a BA Hons degree in Fashion/Textiles with business studies.

Brighton-based knitwear company Cardigan was set up by Kate Jenkins in 2003 to fulfil her philosophy that anything can be created from yarn as long as it is made with love. With a strong emphasis on colour and innovative witty details, Cardigan has become synonymous with the creation of beautiful knitted and crocheted fashion and art.

Before founding Cardigan, Kate spent time working with some of the world's most prestigious fashion designers including Marc Jcobs, Donna Karan, Missoni and Sonia Rykiel. In 2007 Kate created an exhibition called 'comfort food' which featured series of crocheted plates of food raging from fish and chips to patisserie cakes. Since then the art has gone from strength to strength. 2008 saw Kate create a knitted and crocheted garden entitled 'Cardigan in Bloom' this led to her being asked by LIberty of London to create an exhibition of box framed insects which was displayed in their store during the summer. Kate's work is now represented by The Rebecca Hossack Gallery her work has been shown at art fairs in New York, London, Paris, Toronto and Amsterdam. This year saw Kate have her fist solo show of her work, her exhibition entitled "Kate's Cafe' where she turned the gallery into a fantasy cafe where everything was made out of yarn. Kate has been working on various projects over the past year and continues to promote her label 'Cardigan'.

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Emma Kasyan


Finalist, Knitted Student Textile Awards 2008: Graduated from Central St Martins, London 2008

Emma has an internship in Stella McCartney's studio knitting department (Update pending)

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Susie Johns

Grey Silk Top
Crocheted Camisole

Having studied Fine Art at the Slade School, Susie worked as a magazine and partworks editor for 11 years before going freelance in 1996. Since then, as well as her magazine work, she has written and illustrated books on a variety of creative subjects, including knitting and crochet. Titles include Crochet for Beginners (Carroll & Brown, 2006), Street Chic Jewellery (New Holland, 2008), Colourwork Stitches (Harmony Guides, 2009), Knitted Flowers (Search Press, 2009) and The Felted Bag Book (New Holland,

Her work spans a number of disciplines and she particularly enjoys activities that involve recycling and reinventing. Susie is a qualified teacher and runs a weekly drawing and painting class at a college near her home in Greenwich, South East London. Susie exhibits her work in local group shows two or three times a year, and participates in the Blackheath Art Society's annual 'open studios'. She was an 'Art of the Stitch' exhibitor in 2001.

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Ode Marie

'Le Chapelou', knitted monster
Hand knitted covering chair & crochetted rug
Knitted necklace and bangle
Supersized chain

I completed a BTS Textile Design at the E.N.S.A.A.M.A, Olivier de Serres in Paris in 2005.

After graduating from E.N.S.A.A.M.A, I enrolled at the Central Saint Martins collage in London to do a BA in Textile design and specialised in knitting. This experience both improved my knowledge of textiles and enabled me to meet people from all around the world; expanding my interests and discovering different cultures.

I am originally from France and grew up in the countryside of Normandy. Ever since I was little I have been interested in the different handicraft processes and at 15 years old I began to study Applied Arts. Discovering textiles in Paris was a revelation: my interest in the manipulation of materials, colour and drawing could all be translated in this medium.

I am currently working on my own project to try to produce my own brand and style. Ideally, I would like to collaborate with companies to produce my own knitted objects. I am also interested in designing for childrenswear

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Rachel Massey

"The Woodland Trees Stand Together"
Matinee Jacket
Knitted Brooch

Rachel graduated in 2007 from Nottingham Trent with a degree in Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles.  She has been a freelance knitwear designer, hand knitting her own designs since November 2007 and has also worked as a swatch knitter and knitting tutor.  Although her degree collection was based around chunky, luxurious hand knits, she also specialises in producing childrenswear in natural fibres.

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Kelli McGuinness

Singer/Songwriter Tanya Lacey wearing one of my Graduate pieces at a performance in London, 2012.

Photoshoot of Graduate Collection published in BULLETT Magazine

Fashion Blogger Zoe LDN modelling one of my pieces

An outfit from my Graduate collection “Wired” exhibited at Graduate Fashion Week, Earls Court London, June 2012

Kelli graduated from DeMontfort University in 2012 with a Degree in Fashion Design BA (HONS) specialising in Knit, Print and Jersey. During her degree, she won The Clothes Show Knitted Textile Designer of the Year award, 2010.

After graduating Kelli has been working as a Freelance Knitwear designer, working with hand and machine knitting and creating capsule collections for online stockists and small boutiques, she also does commission work for one off pieces and has been featured in Fashion Magazines such as, BULLETT, Contributer, Four NY and Mollie Makes. In her work Kelli experiments with the layering of handcrafted fabrics and prints, giving the viewer an exhilarating mix of colour, texture and unique techniques.

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Mimi Milburn

Japanese Kimono
Japanese Kimono

Finalist, Knitted Student Textile Awards 2008: Graduated from Central St Martins, London 2008

Now working in Costume design for the stage, and also working in general wardrobe/styling for short films and photographic shoots. Mimi is also planning more exhibitions around the south and west of England.

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Claire Montgomerie

Crocheted Flowers

Graduated in Constructed Textiles MA at the Royal College of Art, London in 2004

Since graduating in 2004, Claire has been designing her own eclectic range of hand made accessories, toys and garments under the name of Monty. She likes to keep her hands busy and so is also constantly working on many different projects, such as making puppets for music videos, designing patterns for craft books and magazines and teaching textiles at many different levels. She also tries to satisfy her yarn cravings by working one day a week in the London yarn shop, Loop.

Claire has three published books: Easy Baby Knits and Easy Kids Knits (Ryland, Peters and Small), collections of simple yet beautiful children's clothing for beginners and improvers and Yarn Palette (Readers Digest), an experimental pattern book which concentrates on playing with colour and texture.

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Claire Nixon

Live window installation in Oasis
Molly Bag featured in Vogue
Knitted plant pot at Bicester Village

Finalist, Knitted Student Textile Awards 2011: Graduated from Huddersfield University

"Since then I have set up Lana Knitting which is a chunky hand knitted accesosories brand. I have developed my ideas from the giant knitted fabrics and created accessories that are useable and wearable.

I also create commission pieces and installations. I have created two window displays in London, one being a live installation where I sat and knitted for a week in Oasis window on Argyll Street. The other was a art installation in Pyrus which was just off Carnaby street.
Two installation in shopping centres, one in Bicester village in Oxfordshire which was to co inside with their campaign about keeping warm over winter, the other was in Birmingham to work with a campaign about bringing arts to the south side of Birmingham.

I am currently looking for more installations where I can work with visual merchandisers, marketing managers and shops to created knitted environments.

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Kristen Orme


Finalist, Knitted Student Textile Awards 2011: Graduated from Heriot-Watt University with an MA in Knitted Textile Design 2011

Kristen’s Masters work focused on sustainable design through reversible and reworkable knitted garments. Upon graduation, Kristen began an internship which led to a graduate placement with Di Gilpin Ltd. Kristen currently works as Hand-knitting Production and Design Manager at Eribé Knitwear Design, where she engages with all the company’s team of wonderful hand-knitters and also designs, writes patterns and drives the production of hand-knits. In addition to her position with Eribé, Kristen also teaches knitting classes, blogs and publishes knitting patterns under the name KristenMakes. Her designs have been published in Cloth and Knit Now magazines

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Sheree Robinson


I graduated from Central Saint Martins Textile Design BA Hon in 2011 where I specialised in hand and machine knitting fabrics.

For my graduate collection I used Lurex to create sparkly knitted dresses that could be used for music artists to perform in on stage.

Since graduating I have exhibited my work at various London venues including Pacha London, and sold my hand knitted accessories at Pop Up shops and Market stalls.

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Kari-Helene Rane


After graduating from Kingston University, London in 2005, and being a finalist in the Knitted Textile competition I worked as a freelance
knitwear designer for different labels and publishers in London.

Currently I am launching a company with two business partners who found me via the website! Purl Alpaca Designs had its launch at the Alexandra Palace Knitting and Stitching show October 2008.

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Noriko Sawano


Winner of the Hand Knit/Crochet category in the Knitted Student Textile Awards 2008: Graduated from Central St Martins, London, 2008

Noriko had her winning design featured in the 2009 Spring issue of American Vogue. She is going to work as a Freelance knitwear designer for fashion, but is also happy to make knitwear for contemporary costume and fine art.

Update for 2010: Noriko has been making all the knitted items for Gareth Pugh's Summer and Autumn 2010 collections

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Hannah Slegg

Inspired by Harry Parkinson
Peaches and Cream
Polo Shirt Collection
Seeing Red

Graduated from De Montfort, Leicester 2010

" I achieved a Bradford Textile Societycommendation award in my first year of University, for my diverse use of colour in both a knitted and woven fabric. I also won the prestigious Peshall Hirst Bursary Award from the Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters. The bursary aided my dissertation and design projects, providing expenses to pay for materials. I also won the Roadley award in January 2010. This award went towards developing my final major work and enabled me to collaborate with a company who have pleated my fine gauge knitwear and created stunning pieces of fabric. I have also worked with the leading knitwear company Smedleys in Derbyshire, on an innovation and environmental project.

Since graduating I have applied for many internships and jobs through online agencies and contacting designers directly. I decided that after University I would do a Masters Degree, and have chosen to apply for MA Fashion Bodywear at DMU. I wanted to study more to do with knitwear and so I took on a 3-month intensive full-time knitting design course at Knit-1. I choose to do this to bridge the gap between textiles and knitted garments, where I have learned to combine both exploring a whole range of techniques and applying my technical knowledge. I aim to develop my garment construction work through both and to increase my personal development of ideas into stunning garment ideas learning new techniques such as modern stripes, impactive jacquards, cables, pointelle, fashioning, body contours, contemporary crochets, intarsia, and fairisle. Studying in a professional studio environment gave me an insight into the working industry pushing myself to thrive within my passion. My design experience and level of knowledge has improved greatly.

I have also started making and designing accessories from home and selling them, using the new skils I have learnt since graduating."

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Sally Spinks

'Mummy still loves you' (Straight Jacket)
'Ex' (Knitted From Steel Wool )
'I should be so lucky'

Sally Spinks graduated with a Masters in Fine Art from Goldsmith's, London in 2008

She works mainly with textiles including hand and machine knitting. She has an interest in how issues of control and consumerism impact on the changing nature of the class system and her work explores areas where these intersect with home, identity and a sense of belonging to both our past and future. Using predominately domestic materials she produces either installation works or sculptural pieces.

Since graduating Sally has exhibited in the UK and the US and continues to develop her artistic practice in both knitting and other textile medium. Like many other knitting enthusiasts, she was taught to knit at an early age by her mother and has a sister and aunt who are just as passionate about the craft. Along with them she has also knitted garments for use in major feature films as well as working with fashion designers.

After over 20 years working in media organisations, Sally returned to full-time education to undertake a Masters in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College. Previously Sally had been the Head of Learning Design at the BBC and it was whilst at the BBC she completed a Masters in Management Learning in 2000. She still works as a consultant in the field of learning design for several corporate clients, particularly in the areas of creativity, leadership development and executive coaching. She also designs knitted textiles and knits garments for use in major feature films.

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Pat Strong


I’ve just graduated from Heriot -Watt University with an MA in fashion design. (2013)

I specialised in Hand Knitting and developed a mathematical formula for hand knitting the iconic circular yoke sweater in any yarn, using any gauge. I feel that British hand knitters don’t always appreciate their own design/mathematical ability and can rely on patterns when sometimes they don’t need to. Knitters in other countries who still learn to knit in school, seem to have a different attitude to ‘having a go’. I also fly the flag for small/local yarn producers whenever I can, and source most yarn from Scottish/British producers.

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Jemma Sykes

Butcher Couture
Peruvian Inspired
70s Inspired Jaquard
Fine Mohair

Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2003, I've been working as a freelance knitted textile designer.

In 2003 I won the Texprint Prize for Knit, and in 2004 I was awarded the Crafts Councils Development Award. I design personal collections to sell, and collaborate developing fabrics specifically for fashion houses, past clients include Alexander Mcqueen and Michiko Koshino in London, Lanvin, Givenchy and Emanuel Ungaro in Paris, Fuzzi and Etro in Italy. I have also produced garments for Givenchys Haute Couture collections and worked with Michiko Koshino on numerous showpieces.
In 2005 I was asked to participate in the Crafts Councils "Knit 2tog" exhibition, and in 2006 I worked with the Italian yarn company Lineapiu producing inspirational pieces for the yarn show Pitti Filati in Florence. I also tutor part time at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College on their Knitted Textile course.

Updates for 2008 include further teaching at The Royal College of Art and Central St Martins, new clients include Julien Macdonald and Biba (garments for their fashion shows) also my work has been displayed in the windows of Harrods and Selfridges/London and recently Sheffield Millennium galleries commisioned a piece for "Get Knitted".

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Patimarkorn Tangsakul


Since graduating from Buckinghamshire New University in Textiles and Surface Design in 2009, I have been working as Freelance knitwear designer for Zinc Design Ltd in London.

Recently, I have knitted a chair cover for Deborah Hiscock (Furniture Design). It will be shown at New Designers 2010, London from 8-11 July 2010.
I also have entered recycled newspaper competition and hand&Lock competition so I have been making different style of works.

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Felicity Thomas


"I graduated from Winchester School of Art with a BA in Textiles Fashion and Fiber specialising in Knitwear for Menswearin 2011. My final collection Corporate Rebellion was influenced by distressed fabrics, traditional collars and conceptual thinking.

Shortly after graduating I was a finalist at the UKHKA awards 2011 and winner of the Erika Knight student award. Since then I have worked as a freelance knitwear designer adapting from menswear to women’s accessories for the craft market.My work includes published designer at Knit NOW. Designer for British Craft Designer Erika Knight. Designing making and calculating unique bespoke commissions. Most recently knitter and gang member at Wool and the Gang."

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Donna Wilson


Donna studied Design and Craft at Gray's school of Art in Aberdeen, Scotland before gaining an MA in mixed Media and Constructed Textiles at The Royal College of Art, London. She graduated in 2003.

Whilst studying Wilson began creating and selling her creatures and after graduating, set up her studio, which now produces hand-made  products for sale in independent design shops in over 15 countries.Donna Wilson's Studio prides itself on keeping the production hand made and UK based allowing the end product to be unique and have its very own character. As with all of Wilson's studio work, the productive relationship between designer and activity where the handmade is a creative necessity.

Donna is  delighted to announce the launch of her new designs at the Milan Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2009. Donna has worked with SCP for the past 3 years, and this year she has designed a sofa, chair, knitted pouf's as well as a range traditionally woven Welsh blankets and cushions. This year is already proving to be an exciting year, with her first major solo show at the Lighthouse in Glasgow. For 'escape to the woods' she designed a brightly coloured menagerie of creatures and houses surrounded by an enchanted knitted forest. The show will be hosted by a selection of galleries this summer.

Donna Wilson is one of Scotland's most notable young textile designers, as well as her infamous knitted creatures, recently spotted in Jamie Theakston's home feature in this months Living etc, Donna has developed a range of melamine trays, luxurious lambswool throws, and a set of three decorated glasses

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Jonie Worton


Jonie Worton completed a BA (hons) Degree in Design Crafts with University Campus Suffolk in Lowestoft where she found her love for all things textile, particularly knit. Whilst studying for her BA Jonie was awarded a 1st prize at the Bradford Textile Society Competition in the first year of study, followed by a Commendation in both the second and third year.

Once the BA was completed in 2011 Jonie continued her education, moving to Nottingham, to attend Nottingham Trent University and study for a MA in Fashion Knitwear Design. The Masters research centered around the travel inspiration from Tokyo, Japan as part of the Paul Smith Scholarship where she spent eight weeks on an extensive research trip. The imagery from her time there generated the idea of adaptable clothing inspired by the proud Japanese workmen.

The male knitwear was designed around the humble jumper, reworking the sleeves with sponsored zips from Jones & Co of Nottingham and brightly colored yarns of wool and cotton sponsored by Novetex Textiles Ltd of Hong Kong. The sustainable design element of changing the sleeves also manipulated the quote written on the garment.

Jonie is currently working on building the business of Bob & John, designing new knitwear and accessories.

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Andrew Yates

Cabled Horizons
Nautical Abstraction
Freeform and Intarsia

Andrew graduated from Central Saint Martins in Knitwear Design in 2009.

Since Summer 2009 I've freelanced for various clients. I'm now working on a full time basis for Mark Fast as a Design Assistant, plus I'm freelancing for a new hand knit label in Australia called Adettes which supplies high end designer knitwear in kits to knit yourself.

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