I am a pattern obsessive, stitch creator and manipulator, colour matchmaker, devotee of making by hand or machine, yarn addict, and historical detail research fanatic.
Sarah Elwick is a designer/maker specialising in knitwear, based in Winchester, Hampshire. Sarah gained a first class honours degree in textile design, specialising in knitwear, at Winchester School of Art in 2003. She then went onto complete her MA in fashion knitwear at the Royal College of Art in 2005. Since then she has worked for a wide variety of designers and educational establishments. Sarah currently combines producing her own luxury knitwear accessory collections, with working as a teaching fellow on the knitwear design pathway at Winchester School of Art.
A love of re-interpreting traditional knitwear and woven fabrics, such as Fair Isles, tartans, and plaids, for a contemporary audience runs through her work. Social and environmental responsibility are both central to Sarah’s business, and she is proud to source all her yarn, and to design and make all her knitwear within the UK.
For this exhibition Sarah is developing a new body of work taking inspiration from Pitzhanger Manor, the venue for ‘Portraits in the Making.’ and the Georgian Era in which the house was built, and the owner, architect Sir John Soane lived. She will be researching clothing and costume details from this era, specifically focussing on accessories, wigs and hairpieces, and clothing construction detail from that era, reinterpreting them in knitting and crochet techniques, and using innovative new yarns, and alternative materials, such as horsehair.
26/08/11 Playing with Paisley