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Amy Williams
Fashion and Textile Design BA Hons

Winchester School of Art

Specialisms: Apparel / Textiles - Knit / Sustainable Fashion/Textiles

Location: Epsom, United Kingdom

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Amy Williams

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First Name: Amy

Last Name: Williams

Specialisms: Apparel / Textiles - Knit / Sustainable Fashion/Textiles

Sectors: Fashion/Textiles/Accessories / Fashion/Textiles/Accessories / Fashion/Textiles/Accessories

My Location: Epsom, United Kingdom

University / College: Winchester School of Art

Course / Program Title: Fashion and Textile Design BA Hons

About:

I am a sustainable knitwear designer focusing on my limiting my environmental impact within my work. I have explored many different ways of working sustainably; exploring different yarn types and properties, zero-waste techniques and upcycling end-of-life clothing. Along with sustainability, I use architectural inspiration to create my geometric, bold and colourful knitted fabrics. My visual inspiration has helped me to grow with 8gauge and 12gauge dubied machines to create beautifully geometric, bold and textural knitted fabrics through a large range of dubied techniques. My experience: - 4 years of hospitality experience at Barons Pubs Limited - Freelance intern for Jo Bee Knitwear - Freelance Intern for Odina Keim Knitwear - Exhibitor at Spinexpo Shanghai and Paris 2019 My achievements: - Shortlisted for Framework Knitters Student Award - Represented University of Southampton at Spinexpo Shanghai and Paris Exhibitions 2019

For my FMP, I worked with techniques which reduced the amount of cutting room waste and reduce the effects of “throwaway fashion” working to achieving ZERO WASTE. I have taken visual inspiration from urban architectural research and street art which helped to create the geometric shapes and activist wording which I have included throughout my collection. The visual inspiration I captured from Camden Market's streets helped to inspire the geometric shapes and textures in my fabrics. Street art inspired me to use activism wording to raise awareness towards the ZERO WASTE techniques and that it is now time to "TAKE ACTION" throughout all of the fashion and textile industries because after all there is NO PLANET B! My fabrics have been made using natural fibres such as cashwool, merino wool and viscose along with recycled plastic bottle and recycled cotton yarns. These yarns have still been able to capture the vibrancy of my colour palette whilst achieving a conscious response to sustainability. Similarly, I have upcycled end-of-life sportswear and trainers and repurpose it with my fabrics which created my collection of garments, bags and shoes. I have tried my very best to create as little environmental impact as I can throughout my collection and I will continue to do so in my future works.

For my FMP, I worked with techniques which reduced the amount of cutting room waste and reduce the effects of “throwaway fashion” working to achieving ZERO WASTE. I have taken visual inspiration from urban architectural research and street art which helped to create the geometric shapes and activist wording which I have included throughout my collection. The visual inspiration I captured from Camden Market's streets helped to inspire the geometric shapes and textures in my fabrics. Street art inspired me to use activism wording to raise awareness towards the ZERO WASTE techniques and that it is now time to "TAKE ACTION" throughout all of the fashion and textile industries because after all there is NO PLANET B! My fabrics have been made using natural fibres such as cashwool, merino wool and viscose along with recycled plastic bottle and recycled cotton yarns. These yarns have still been able to capture the vibrancy of my colour palette whilst achieving a conscious response to sustainability. Similarly, I have upcycled end-of-life sportswear and trainers and repurpose it with my fabrics which created my collection of garments, bags and shoes. I have tried my very best to create as little environmental impact as I can throughout my collection and I will continue to do so in my future works.

My Pre-Collection, Glitched Cities, has been inspired by city nights and glitching lights. The vibrancy of the colours and bold geometrics has been inspired by the "buzz" and "vibrancy" within cities which I have tried to capture within my knitted fabrics through the techniques I have used. Through needle placements and transfers I have successfully been able to create a collection of plaited mock ribs, plaited patterns and shaping within my fabrics to recreate the city vibes I initially researched. Randon glitching within the plaiting on the dubieds enhanced the "buzz" of the fabrics, adding interest and texture. I have decided to look into sportswear silhouettes which I have been able to experiment with different rib techniques to create shaping and stretch. I used cotton yarns and cashwools to allow breathability within my fabrics.