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Student Showcase Archive
Show RCA 2019

Holly Ross

Show RCA work

  • Distortion

    Distortion, 2019

  • Development

    Development, 2019

  • Shoe concept

    Shoe concept, 2019

Major project:


Inspired by the optical effects of prisms I have worked to encapsulate the notions of refraction, reflection and distortion.

As an innovative material thinker, who works organically to exploit materials, I have challenged traditional ideas of joining, embellishment, structure, and drape, within knitted textiles.

Understanding the relationship between alternative materials and knit techniques has allowed me to create organic three-dimensional structures, which distort and defy the regimented nature of machine knitting. 


  • As an innovative material thinker, who works organically and exponentially to exploit materials, I am always producing new perspectives for knitted textiles.

    With experience working on the Dubied, Shima Seiki, and domestic knitting machines, I work to challenge the regimented nature of such machinery. My experimental approach to materials and processes distorts the perfection of machine knitting, to envision a more organic textile.

    The primary focus within my work has always been producing fabrics for fashion. However, with an overarching interest into fabric behaviour; alternative materials and hand manipulation, I am able to envisage knit into a variety of different contexts and applications for the future of knit. 

  • Previous degrees

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

  • Knitwear production assistant, Country of Origin, London, 2018; Knitwear production assistant, Helen Lawrence, London, 2017; Stylist assistant, Natasha Freeman, London, 2017
  • Exhibitions

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

  • Awards

  • Kay Cosserat Prize, 2018; Full tuition fee scholarship, Roger Walls Binns 2017–2019
  • Funding

  • Roger Walls Binns Scholarship
  • Sponsors

  • Kay Cosserat Award
Royal College of Art