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Beth Ranson

MA work

Monofibre adaptable fabrics : Shaping natural knits without elastic

Combining traditional stitch structures with natural fibres, Beth has created a collection of fabrics that are adaptable and can be pulled and moulded into different shapes and patterns. These samples abolish petrochemical-based yarns and rely on craft and technological expertise: they challenge the perception that synthetic yarns and digital methods hold the most potential for innovation. They are created through stitch, fibre and yarn combinations, to engineer fabrics that are adaptable, luxurious and sustainable. Illusions of complexity are created through in-depth research and experimentation into fabric and yarn characteristics.

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Textiles, 2018

    Specialism

    knit

  • Beth Ranson is a practice-based researcher in natural fibre, yarn and knitting processes. Motivated by problem solving in sustainable design contexts, Beth occupies the space between designer and technician: an interesting space to be.
  • Degrees

  • BA (1st Class Hons) Fashion Textiles, London College of Fashion UAL, 2016
  • Experience

  • Leader of my Natural Dye Workshops, 2017; Studio Intern at Mary Katrantzou, London, 2016; Studio Intern at Helen Lawrence, London, 2016
  • Awards

  • Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters, David Bethell Award, 2018; Worshipful Company of Haberdashers, Company Award, 2017; Framework Award for Excellence, University of the Arts London, 2016; Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters, Company Award, 2016; Society of Dyers and Colourists Finalist, 2016
  • Conferences

  • "Nature as a smart material: A collection of knitted experiments", In the Loop 2018, University of Southhampton, Winchester School of Art, July 2018
  • Publications

  • Charlotte Cameron, "Emerging Designers: Knit in Progress at the RCA", Knitting Industry Creative