Our scarves are now available on Not On The High Street: CLICK HERE
We also have exciting new stockists. Visit the shop page for more info – CLICK HERE
Here is a bit of blurb about the collection and the collaboration:
Far East Fair Isle is a collection of scarves in Merino wool, designed by designer Emma Bradbury, in collaboration with Ingrid Tait of Tait & Style.
The inspiration comes from two hugely different trips that Emma made one after the other. The first was to the mountainous Ladakh province of Kashmir: the spectacular scenery, amazing light and brightly coloured traditional fabrics were a revelation. On her return to the UK, she immediately visited Shetland, and studied Fair Isle patterns and techniques.
Tait & Style has always been interested in blending traditions from these northern isles with colourful influences from around the world, and so Emma’s ideas fit right in. Emma has worked at Tait & Style on two separate graduate placements; she and Ingrid hope to collaborate on more new designs in the near future.
I am delighted to accounce that I am one of the Crafts Council ‘Hothousers’ for 2011.
Hothouse is a strand of Crafts Council Collective. Hothouse: South West Textiles is delivered by the Crafts Council, Arts University College Bournemouth, Bath Spa University and University College Falmouth.
More Info about the Hothouse programme can be found – HERE
Come and join us at Origin 22nd – 28th September 2011 and be the first to see the new collection – ‘East Isle’.
‘Far East Fair Isle’ follows on themes from my final MA RCA show exploring a printing process which fades and distorts colour and draws inspiration from my travels to the Himalayas and my love for traditional knitting ‘Fair Isle’ patterns.
More info to follow soon but in the meantime here’s a sneek peek:
It has been an exciting journey working with a variety of talented creatives to get this project off the ground. First of all I would like to thank Tait and Style with whom I have been working in collaboration to establish the collection. I met Ingrid Tait in 2007 when I spent a month in Orkney as an intern at Tait and Style. We stayed in contact ever since and it has been a fantastic opportunity to work with her again and combine our shared passion for colour, pattern and wool.
I would also like to say a special thank you to the amazing photoshoot team who had an early start last week – photographer Rick Hanley, Toni and Guy’s Essensuals hair stylist Claire Higgs, make-up artist Laura Keen and models Elena, Suzanna and Gemma.
The amount of support and encouragement throughout this project has been overwhelming and a lot of love goes out to Tim Greaves, Mum and Dad, Jelly, Mary Restieaux, Angela Hunt, Trudie Middleton and Sue Clarke.
I’m excited to announce that I have been invited to take part in Wool Week in Shetland – 10th – 16th October 2011.
Shetland has a very special place in my heart. Last year I spent five weeks working and living in Shetland where I taught Knitted Textiles on the BA Contemporary Textiles course at Shetland College. Shetland, in my opinion, is the spiritual home of knitting. Dotted throughout the island are knitting factories, designer knitwear outlets, wool brokers and yarn spinners with plently of opportunities to purchase traditional Fair Isle ganseys and Tam hats or Shetland wool and patterns to make your own. If, like me, you are fascinated by traditional knitting techniques, vintage knitting samples and the history of the knitting industry in Shetland then the Shetland Museum is worth a visit for all knitting enthusiasts. The knitting archive is a must see.
I am very much looking forward to visiting Shetland again in October and to be a part of Shetland Wool Week.
August is a busy month getting ready for Origin in September. I am currently artist in residence at Jelly.The Jelly take on empty shops, office spaces and buildings within the town centre and turn them into pop-up galleries, workshops and music venues. They have kindly allowed me to take over part of the ground floor of a disused pub – The Coopers Arms in the centre of Reading where I can paint my scarves. It has been very enjoyable working on the scarves for Origin in this amazing and unusal space.
Thank you Suzanne at Jelly for all your support and encouragement.
My continuous looped scarf featured in this seasons Rowan Magazine. The scarf was knitted for the RCA ‘Wool Week’ competition.
The keyword for the brief was freedom and the knitwear piece had to link to the 50th anniversary of London’s ‘Swinging sixties’ Carnaby Street.Images from Rowan Magazine 50.
This scarf is made from British wool and was inspired by 1960’s optical art patterns and psychedelic colours.
New items designed and knitted by mother and daughter design duo now available here –Mutti and Tochter
I was taught to knit by my mum and she was taught by my granny and my granny was taught by her mum and the chain goes on. Mutti and Tochter (German for Mother and Daughter) celebrates craft and the passing on of craft skills through the generations.
I am exhibiting some of my scarves at the Jelly’s Third Thursday Event. Third Thursday is a monthly event hosted by Jelly and Reading UK CIC. This months event showcases the work of the Whiteknights Studio Trail members.
The Whiteknight Studio Trail exhibition will also be open at the weekend Saturday 21st May 10am to 4pm and will include a weaving demonstration by Christine Brewster. This years Whiteknights Studio Trail is on Sat 18 & Sun 19 June 11- 6pm, full details can be found on the website.