Thinking behind my designs...

Posted by Zoe Fletcher on Sunday, July 18, 2010
The reason I fell in love with knitting/yarn in the first place was the fact that I am a total control freak and perfectionist!! (only in work related fields i'm afraid - my room as many will testify is an expanse of layered mess) and I love the fact that you are creating the fabric, silhouette and texture all in one - I have absolute control of how the end design turns out - If I decide I want it fitted at the waist I decrease a few stitches, Or I want longer sleeves - I just keep knitting a few more rows!
This is what excites me - no matter how many times I use the same technique each end piece is completely unique - the rows where I got slightly distracted so held the yarn a little tighter than usual add a new element to the pattern, the centimetre of yarn exposed that didn't dye properly because I tied the knot too tight adds more textured colour to the final outcome...

SO with this in mind I decided to force myself out of my designing rut by building on what I have always enjoyed - layering and creating essentially a number of options from one design - revolving around the idea of deconstructing the elements that make up a single wool fibre (which gives wool its unique benefits) the overlapping cuticles that envelope and surround the cortex structure underneath. As the documentation and details in the whole process from field to garment is integral in my projects objective, I want to use the journey and transition of the fibre in the design process.

With this in mind I decided to look into the journey of my garment - each element serving a purpose aesthetically as well as altering its functionality, transforming from a simple staple structure to a more experimental piece.



Zoe Grace Fletcher Currently undertaking a PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University within the MIRIAD post-graduate department, I am beginning a practice based academic journey into British wool fibres and new technologies within knitwear design. Graduating with Distinction from a Masters in Fashion and the Environment at London College of Fashion, specialising in hand-knitting and the British Wool Industry, I have worked on a number of knitwear collections (personal and external companies), whilst freelancing and researching for a number of exciting projects. My work revolves around the idea of sustainable fashion from a knitted perspective and the different ways to achieve this incorporating the ideas of slow fashion into mainstream society. I love knitting. And wool. And double sided sticky tape.
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