Exploring narratives in digital knits... The creation of textural paperwork to inspire yarn and stitch structures Initial inspiration for the design of a collection of biodegradable knitted jacquards.
Beth’s design work is influenced by her on going research into raw materials, textile production in industry, and craft methods. Beth’s craft inspires her technical approach to knitting, whilst her visual inspiration is gathered from personal narratives and nostalgia inducing imagery. Her hand-knit and flatbed machine knit capabilities are vast, with an understanding of complex knitted stitches. Beginning her projects with photography, drawing and mark making, Beth’s paperwork forms the basis of her yarn, colour and textural choices. Her handwriting resonates as much within her fabric creations as it does in her paper artworks. Often producing tactile research folios and hand bound books, Beth’s collections culminate in carefully curated bodies of work, combining fabrics, artworks, texts and imagery. Her material collections can each be utilised as educational tools to teach consumers about material origins, as well as forming designs in their own right.
Freelance design projects allow Beth to adapt to new challenges off which she thrives. Opportunities to collaborate with brands and designers to contribute her knowledge to their design briefs are welcomed.
Though Beth’s personal work is based on her evolving design ethos, her breadth of design and material knowledge can be adapted and applied to many design contexts. Beth has experience working in a variety of fashion and textile contexts, and can provide services such as knitwear construction, linking, knitted textile sampling and mixed media textile sampling.