I spent a lovely morning at Derby University today taking a look at the current batch of 2016 graduates of the BA (Hons) Textile Design. I've not had any work placement students over the last three years so I've got a little out of touch with what's going on in the University world and I was pleasantly surprised!
The woven and knitted textiles were superb, although I was a little disappointed in the print. My most favourite work was from Sophia Reed, who'd interpreted Polish folk art into the most beautiful knitted textiles.
Sophia's coat was so beautiful, with the motifs graduating to nothing from the bottom to the top. I can see her charming little scarves sold in Liberty's, too!
Katie Mills' knitted scarves, inspired by mushrooms, were very interesting, using different weights of yarn to create areas of texture.
Other designers I liked were Jan Bell's 'Morocco' inspired woven textiles, Sammy Bertrams' 'Night Night Sleep Tight' childrens fabrics, Miriam Murgatroyd's 'Under the Microscope' knitted textiles and Florence Carr's brightly coloured knits, 'Coastal Roaming'.