Weaving the winning design

Knockando Woolmill has now started production of the winning design from their New Woven Textile Designer Award.

Launched in 2017, the Knockando Woolmill New Woven Textile Designer Award sought to uncover the best of new textile design talent by inviting current students and recent graduates to submit innovative and contemporary designs that pushed boundaries.

From a shortlist of six designs, the winning design was chosen by a top judging panel as part of Edinburgh International Fashion Festival – Fleet Bigwood, Alistair O’Neill, Fabio Piras, Clements Ribeiro, and Rachel Meddowes.

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 visited the Woolmill this week to see her design in production. Jessica said “It has been amazing to come up here and see it being woven… Knowing my name is going to be on the label and people all over the country are going to be buying the products is really exciting!”

The design is being produced as a limited edition run of only 150 scarves and 35 blankets. The items are now available for pre order on the Knockando Woolmill website.

More information about the award is available on https://www.kwc.co.uk/pages/new-woven-textile-designer-award. The scarves and blankets can be pre-ordered on https://www.kwc.co.uk/collections/blankets-throws/products/pre-order-competition-winning-design.

The Knockando Woolmill is run by the charity Knockando Woolmill Trust; you can learn more about the Trust by visiting https://www.kwc.co.uk/pages/about-the-trust