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  • My name is Flo Spurling, and I graduated in 2011 from Chelsea College of Art in Textile

  • Design where I specialized in knitted textiles, and I’m now completing an MA at the Royal

  • College of Art, where I'm also studying knitted textiles.

  • I’ve always been interested in making things, and in textiles in particular. I’ve always

  • loved clothes and exciting embellishment and things that really sort of catch your eye.

  • I think Chelsea is just really unique in it’s location, it’s literally across the road

  • from the Tate Britain. I think the facilities are really great, youre not kinda crammed in,

  • youve got a big wall to put up all your own inspiration and I just think the course

  • is really well organized, the tutors are really dedicated and the projects are really well

  • thought out.

  • So this was for one of the garments that I made for the final collection. So this has

  • been knitted on a domestic knitting machine, and it’s a mixture of striping with different

  • yarns, a punch card to film a textured stitch with hand stitching and beading over the top

  • of it and then also a weaving in technique which was done by hand, and then was cut to

  • form a kind of float and fringe look.

  • We have a final show which was on for about a week. I also got a model and took proper

  • photos in the photographic studio of the college, so I had all professional, high resolution

  • photographs of all the garments, and then they were hung in a kind of exhibition setting,

  • and the show is on for about a week, which is a really good time fore visitors and industry

  • to come and see it.

  • When I first tried knitting I sort of found it really difficult, and it was then that

  • I decided that I wanted to pick that as a specialism to sort of really challenge myself.

  • So not being able to do any of those skills to graduating to make knitted garments was

  • an achievement I imagined I would have done.

  • When I was in the final year, we had an industry contact come in, and Anthropologie selected

  • me to do some samples which would be created into sweaters, which would be sold in shops

  • in America and in the UK. It was a really good experience and really good to think sort

  • of more commercially as well.

  • When youre studying and when youre being as creative as possible, you kind of push

  • things to the extreme and make things bigger than they should be and kind of go overboard

  • with embellishment and the whole aesthetic to give it the kind of wow factor. But then

  • I think little elements can be filtered down and that’s kind of like how the commercial

  • aspect can be pushed. I think anything can be distilled into a more commercial product.

My name is Flo Spurling, and I graduated in 2011 from Chelsea College of Art in Textile

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B1 INT UK chelsea knitting kind sort college final

Flo Spurling - BA Textile Design, Chelsea graduate

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    Jenny   posted on 2014/09/06
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