Knit one, purl one: Gray's graduate designer shortlisted for UK award

Sarah Riley textilesShetland textiles designer, Sarah Riley (23) has recently exhibited her collection at The Knitting and Stitching Show in London, after being shortlisted for the prestigious Knitted Textiles Award.

Sarah (23) graduated with a First Class Honours in Textiles and Surface Design from Robert Gordon University's Gray's School of Art in July.

The Award, run by the UK Hand Knitting Association, is aimed at exploring the craft of contemporary knitting (hand or machine-knitted) and crochet, and looks for dynamic and innovative designs, whether in fashion, furnishings or artwork.

The former Scalloway Junior High School pupil entered several of her designs inspired by collecting keepsakes into the competition.

Sarah explains: "My work explores the idea of ‘hoarding' and keepsakes. I experimented with photography and the idea of protecting the keepsakes to keep memories alive. I created a range of knitted textiles that evoke a feeling of mystery and curiosity."

At the Gray's School of Art Degree Show in June, Sarah exhibited her colourful interiors collection consisting of cushions, dining chairs and various other knitted pieces that explored the idea of protecting precious memories.

The talented young designer uses the knit facilitation unit at Shetland College to create jacquard knitted fabrics.

Sarah continues: "I really enjoy using the Shima industrial knitting machines at Shetland College as it allows me to create detailed fine gauge knits. I use lambswool, so the fabrics I can create are very soft and comforting.

"Exhibiting at the Alexandra Palace in London has been a great experience. I've made lots of contacts in the textiles world and have also received interest from boutique owners looking to stock my work."

The 15 finalists of the Knitted Textiles Award exhibited their work at The Knitting and Stitching Show at the Alexandra Palace in London from 6-9 October. The group will now take their exhibition to the upcoming show in Harrogate from 24-27 November.

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