Prize winning colour at the University of Ulster
Congratulations to Jordan Currie who was recently awarded the prize by SDC’s Ireland region for the best use of colour in the graduate show at the University of Ulster.
Jordan spent time on Inis Meáin, the middle of the three main Aran Islands in Galway Bay, off the west coast of Ireland. Inspired by the wild flowers of the island she began to pick, press and document the flowers, obsessing over finding every type. She researched and photographed each species, capturing their unique colours and patterns which provided the main inspiration for her collection. Jordan is a knitwear designer specialising in bespoke women’s wear.
Jordan commented: “My knitwear collection is based on the unique wild flowers of Inis Meáin, while living there for a year I became inspired by the wild flowers and their distinctive colours. I have always had such a love for colour and it has always been the most important element of my work. Watching the wild flowers scatter over the fields breathing life and colour back into the landscape after the harsh winter was so inspirational.
For my collection I wanted to recreate this bloom of new life and celebrate the wild flowers. I wanted to create a wide yet carefully chosen colour palette to correctly represent the flora therefore I decided to hand dye all of my own yarns. The yarns I used were baby alpaca, super kid mohair and silk, these yarns were used to ensure a high quality and luxury collection as well as providing a delicate and soft garment.
I am looking forward to exhibiting at New Designers in London and to seeing what opportunities this experience may lead to.
I am very grateful to have been selected to win this award from the SDC as colour means so much to me and has always been my passion. Colour has always and will remain my biggest inspiration and the most important element of my work. I have spent a long time perfecting my colour palette for my graduate knitwear collection by hand dyeing all of my yarns. To receive an award for my use of colour is such an honour and has provided me with even more passion and determination to pursue a colourful career path. Since winning this award I have decided to enter the SDC International Design Competition.
I would love to work for a brand as a knitwear designer or to follow a colourful career path as a colourist”.
Congratulations to Jordan – you can check out her website: www.j-knitwear.com
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