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Knockando Woolmill Announces New Design Award Winner

13-Nov-2017 2:40 PM | Kimberley White (Administrator)

Knockando Woolmill is proud to announce the winner of their inaugural New Woven Textile Designer Award which was presented at Scotland:ReDesigned’s annual Runway and Awards Presentation at #SRDGLA17 on Thursday, 9th November.

The competition sought to uncover the best of new textile design talent, inviting current students and recent graduates to submit innovative and contemporary designs that push boundaries.

Recent graduate Jessica Cutler, who studied Textiles in Practice at Manchester School of Art and graduated in July 2017, was presented the award for her design ‘Devon Seasons’. Jessica said: “I’m delighted to have won this award. It was a great evening at such a great venue. Glasgow’s an amazing city – it’s got such a vibrant creative scene which seems to be really well supported. Thanks again to everyone involved for this opportunity. I’m looking forward to working with Knockando Woolmill and can’t wait to see the finished product!”

A shortlist of six entries were presented to the stellar judging panel, which featured renowned names in fashion and textiles.

- Fleet Bigwood, pathway tutor for the MA Textiles for Fashion at Central Saint Martins who has provided print design consultations for brands such as Stella McCartney, Donna Karan, Lee Alexander McQueen and Louise Wilson.

- Alistair O’Neill, Reader in Fashion History and Theory at Central Saint Martins who’s recent curatorial projects include co- curating SHOWstudio: Fashion Revolution (2009) and Valentino: Master of Couture (2012).

- Fabio Piras, Course Director at Central Saint Martins who brings twenty years of international industry experience, enjoying a successful career in both creative direction and consultancy for luxury fashion brands in Europe and China.

- Design duo Clements Ribeiro known for their feminine designs, bold prints and luxurious knitwear, and Interior Decorator, lifestyle and luxury consultant Rachel Meddowes.

Panellist Alistair O’Neill said: “Knockando Woolmill’s New Woven Textile Designer award is an exciting initiative uniting Scotland’s oldest continually working weaving mill with the creativity and innovation of the UK’s next generation of textile designers. Central Saint Martins is proud to be a part of the judging panel and sees the initiative as a good indication of how Scottish textiles can succeed in the 21st century.”

As well as receiving £500, the winning design will be produced commercially by Knockando Woolmill and sold with custom labelling featuring the designer’s name.


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