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Alice Timmis

MA work

Gestural Presence

My final collection has been inspired by the gestural presence that an artist gives to his or her canvas. I have produced a collection of woven fashion fabrics, hand finished using a variety of experimental techniques, sometimes using unorthodox tools. I have approached some of my fabrics like an artist would his canvas, and used my weave as the base 'coat' for other layers including embroidery.


  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Textiles, 2016



  • I am a textile designer specialising in woven and embroidered fabrics for use within the fashion industry. 

    During my time at the Royal College of Art, I have focused on finishing techniques that I apply to my fabrics once they have been woven. Through 'attacking' fabrics, I have experimented with and innovated different methods of finishing and combined them into one collection. I have been inspired by the gestural presence that an artist gives to his or her work.

    My weave and embroidery skills span across both traditional and technology based making methods.

    Working collaboratively with fashion designers is key to my practise. Upon graduation, I welcome new collaborations, as I have done throughout my time at the Royal College of Art.

  • Degrees

  • BA (hons) Fashion Textiles, Middlesex University, UK, 2012
  • Experience

  • Alice Timmis Embroidery, London, 2012–2016; Freelance weaver, Weavers|Nest, 2016; Freelance embroiderer, Jenny King Embroidery, 2011 / 2014; Weave assistant Intern, Helen Foot, Shrewsbury, 2013; Fashion Intern, Jonathan Saunders, London, 2008