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Bryony Phipps Wardle

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Major project:

Keep the Fleece

This project celebrates British wool, from the silky softness of a Blue-aced Leicester fleece, to the hard-wearing and rugged Jacob. British fleece is a local, renewable and traceable resource, but is often overlooked in fashion. I want to change this. 

By working with, and not against, the qualities of this fibre, I have developed my own palette of yarns, drawing inspiration from, among other things; sheep markings, rural landscapes, subculture, uniforms, and the energy and style of the Northern Soul scene. 

Traditional knit techniques are reimagined, utilising both hand and machine to create a collection of intriguing tactile wearables. By creating my own slogans and motifs, I aim to invite attention and provoke conversation through my work.

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  • Over the course of her MA, Bryony has developed a methodology centred around the traceability of materials and responsible design and making. By championing the use of British wool as a local, renewable resource, Bryony wants us to reconnect ourselves with the materiality and origins of what we wear.

    She is interested in telling lesser told stories through her work, with an affectionate view of popular culture, and the contradictions and complexities of 'Britishness'. Led by an immersive research process that connects a variety of themes and ideas, Bryony's practice has a strong material narrative, seeking to challenge current fashion systems.

  • Previous degrees

  • BA (Hons) Textiles in Practice, Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2016
  • Experiences

  • Freelance knitter, The Unseen, London, 2018–2019; Editorial intern, Selvedge Magazine, 2017
  • Exhibitions

  • New Designers, Business Design Centre, London 2016
  • Publications

  • 'Au Naturale', Selvedge Magazine (online journal article), 2017
  • Funding

  • The Alderman Newtons Educational Foundation, The Coats Foundation Trust, The RCA Continuation Fund
  • Sponsors

  • World of Wool (Yarn)
Royal College of Art