Graduates 2018: Rachel Wells: Textiles

As a knitwear designer, I love experimenting with how you can manipulate the structure of the stitches to create three dimensional forms.

I find that the knitting can be quite unpredictable, but often the mistakes can take you into a different direction and become a main feature.

 Close up of knitwear by Rachel Wells

This year I have taken in inspiration from uniforms and given the knitting a function through combining techniques into pockets. I have also had a strong interest in ribs structures and through changing the typical configuration, I have created a unique frilled edge which I have incorporated into my garments.

Rachel Wells knitwear

I love layering different tones and shades of the same colour as I feel it brings out the detail in the structure of the knitting, practically when working with superfine wools and silks.

 Close up of sleeveRachel Wells Knitwear close up

 

What are your plans after graduation?

I hope to gain more experience in the fashion industry and eventually become a knitwear designer.

How have you found studying Textiles at Brighton?

I have learnt a tremendous amount about knitwear and the industry during my time on the course. I have found that each project has a specific purpose which all comes together in the final year, where you have the freedom to direct your own project. The placement year I had in New York was invaluable and gave me a good incite to what is to come after I graduate.

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