Louise Bravery


Louise Bravery, 22. Chelsea College of Art & Design, BA (Hons.) Textile Graduate 2009.

– specialism: Knitwear.


Design Background:

I did my foundation at Richmond upon Thames College.

I have done work placements at Julia Pines knit studio, Designer’s Guild and knitshop.co.uk.




Project title: 

Nouveau British wool



British wool is an abundant renewable resource, but it is often overlooked in fashion knitwear. Taking a different approach from the traditional chunky British woollen garment, the collection has been developed from the art nouveau movement: sweeping curves in carved wooden furniture, intricate ironwork on Parisian buildings, and glamorous evenings in beautifully decorated surroundings. The wool is used to give structure to finer, more delicate yarns, such as silk, which brings a luxury feel to the knitwear and raises the profile of the British wool.




Where do you get inspiration from in general?

I have always been interested in the world around me, from architecture, to nature, to people watching. I use the colours and forms to create beautiful knitting.


How is your process when you design?

I enjoy the research part of a project, and look at other areas that relate to the subject, art, fashion, recent exhibitions.  I also working through ideas on the knitting machine and using it as a tool in the thinking process of a project.  I also try to keep fashion references throughout the project.  They evolve witht the development of techniques.




What are your strenghts?

I find a strong selection of research is important to begin a project properly.


What are your weaknesses?

Maintaining the flow of ideas in long projects is quite hard, but all part of the process!


Describe your collection with three words?

Colourful, sculptural, feminine


What techniques did you use:

I used a lot 12 gauge single bed machine knitting because I like the quality you can achieve with fine knitting.  I also used 7 gauge industrial and domestic machines for a contrasting texture.

I also hand crocheted a dress and dip dyed the inner part.




Which technique was the most difficult? 

It takes a lot of practice to achieve flawless fine single bed knitting on the machines that were available.


Which garment was most difficult to make?

On the tops, I went from single bed silk and embroidery yarn, to a rib of wool, and the skirt was made with a drop stitch pattern drawn out on graph paper, both fiddly processes although they became easier through repetition.




Which garment took the longest to make?

The loopy dress had a lot of processes involved but they all took longer than I imagined!




Which garment is your favorite?

I love the colours in the frilly dress, but I’m pleased with all of them


What technique is your favorite?

The single bed/rib technique creates a beautiful fabric and gives the wool another quality.


How long did you work on this project?

Five months.


Is there something you regret not doing in your collection?

I originally wanted the collection to be more glamorous flowing evening wear, but the nature of the wool and time restrictions meant shorter garments worked better.  I also wanted to use more of a selection of the British wool, although some of the yarns I tried were too itchy and uncomfortable next to the skin.




What made you pursue knitwear?

Knitwear just feels like a natural progression from my love of making and all things craft. You get to create the fabric from scratch and develop the texture and shaping.


What designers inspire you?

Dior, Alberta Feretti, Alaia, Missoni


Why did you choose Chelsea?

It has a great location, central London by the river, and it is known for its good reputation.


What did you think of the education?

The tutors are really good at their jobs and I found the atmosphere very inspiring and friendly.


During your education, which project has been your favorite?

The length of the final project really allowed me to get in the subject and explore in depth.




What advice would you give new students?

Make the most of your facilities and really put in the time, it pays off.  Go in to the studio everyday and treat it like a job, having similar people around to bounce ideas off is invaluable.


What was your childhood dream job?

I have always liked to be crafty and creative, so something along those lines!


Have you ever been nominated or won a design competition?

I received a bursary from The Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters and this helped to fund my final project.


With one word, what is your best quality?



What are your plans for the future?

I am interested in the production/ retail side of fashion textiles and am currently seeking employment.




If you have just finished your BA, will you continue to MA?

Not at the moment, but maybe I would consider an MA in a few years time.


Will you be selling your BA collection?

I would sell to the right person.


Were can we find more information on you?





Contact info:



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  • Join Spot On: Textiles on Facebook and keep yourself updated!

    Spot On: Textiles on Facebook

    This blog contains copyright material belonging to the designers and nothing must be copied or used in any production. If you want to use any designers work contact them directly via their contact information or send me an email. If you wish to use pictures and info for your own blogging, remember to write a direct link to this blog. Thanks.

    Click on the pages above to see links for schools, up-coming designers and more.

    You can also find the list of interviews thats featured on the blog.

%d bloggers like this: