About

Designer Emma Bradbury specialises in blending traditional knitting techniques and patterns with a hand -painted print process. The treatment distorts the regularity of a knitted stripe making each design individual and shows evidence of the craft makers hand work.

Inspiration comes from colourful influences from around the world and traditional British knitting techniques such as Fair Isle patterns and Guernsey knitting.

Following the response to her final graduate show at the Royal College of Art in 2010, Emma teamed up with Orkney based designer Ingrid Tait of Tait and Style to collaborate on a collection of scarves available HERE

Motivated by their excitement for all things knitted, they combine their delight for wool and colourful creativity to produce fine gauge merino scarves and wraps made in Scotland.

Emma was selected as a designer/maker on the Crafts Council’s ‘Hothouse’ scheme in 2012. Hothouse is a national programme to promote new creative talent and emerging designer makers.

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PAST Exhibitions:
Open for Art – Reading Oracle Shopping Centre – July 2014
Whiteknights Studio Trail – June 2014
Caversham Arts Trail – May 2014
Reading Winter Ski Lodge – Broad Street- December 2013
Selvedge Winter Fair – Chelsea Town Hall – November 2012
Aunt Elsie’s christmas do – Reading Butter Market- December 2012
Festival of Crafts – Farnham Maltings Oct 2012
Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair – Manchester Oct 2012
Whiteknights Studio Trail – June 2012
Made in Clerkenwell – Summer Show – May 2012
Origin, Spitalfields – 2011
In The Loop 2, Shetland – Speaker, 2010
Unravel – knitting festival, Farnham – Speaker and exhibitor February 2010
Work in Progress, RCA 2010, 2009,
Whiteknights Studio Trail, Reading, 2009, 2008
I Knit, London, 2009, 2008
New Designers Exhibition, London, 2008
In the Loop, Knitting Conference, Winchester, 2008

Teaching, Lecturing and Speaking:
Jelly Tots – Pre school art club – Jan 2014 to present
Open for Art – Draw like a fashion Designer – Fashion Illustration workshop – July 2014
Open for Art – Rag Rugging workshop – July 2014
Royal College of Art – ‘New Designer’ – March 2012
Winchester School of Art – ‘Machine Knitting Techniques’ – October 2011/12
Shetland Wool Week – Shetland Musuem – ‘New Designer’ – October 2011
Colchester School of Art – ‘New Designer’ – Jan 2011
Shetland College – Contemporary Textiles BA. Lecturer on the Knitted Textiles module. Nov-Dec 2010
Machine Knitters Guild – East Hampshire Knitting Club – September 2010
In the Loop International Conference, Shetland 2010
Unravel – Knitting Festival – ‘Knitting with Altitude’ – February 2010

Awards:
Hothouse 2 – Crafts Council ‘Emerging Maker Programme’ – 2011/12
Rowan – Hand Knitting ‘British Sheep Breed – Freedom Wool Week’ Project. Runner up. Laxtons Sponsorship – 2010
Texprint – 2010
Althea McNish Colour Prize – 2010
DAKS project – Winner – 2009
Marianne Straub travel award – 2009
Rowan – Hand knitting project. Sponsorship – 2009-10
Crown Paint – Stencil Design Competition – Runner up. 2009
RSA Design Direction Award and fellowship – 2008

Internships:
Hand knitting Designer, UNESCO – ‘Designer meets Artisan Programme’, India, Snow Leopard Conservancy, Ladakh, 2009
Work Placement, Tait and Style, Orkney, 2007
Work Placement, Maison Martin Margiela, Paris, 2004

Degrees:
MA Constructed Textiles (knit), RCA, 2008-2010
BA (Hons) Knitted Textile Design, Winchester School of Art, 2005-08 (first class hons)