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Natalie Adamson-Wain

MA work

As a textile designer I am always looking to explore new materials and there is no better place to have the opportunity to do so than the MA at the RCA. I have loved the endless possibilities that unusual material combinations bring to my work.

My graduate collection is inspired and drawn from my Scottish roots and its heritage. I was brought up in family in the building trade, which inspired my use of wood within my collection and has been my source of inspiration for my bold, strong hand-drawn imagery sourced from architectural structures and planning layouts within my home town of Edinburgh.

I have always had a strong focus on the surface design of the garment and an obsession for added detail. I have been mixing luxurious fabrics like cashmere/ lambs wool and wood veneer alongside wood panels, polyurethane, organza, linen and hand tufted pieces. These have been made possible by sponsorship from Turnberry Rug Works producing hand-tufted panels and Peter Scott Knitwear sponsorship for wools and cashmere; both are Scottish based companies.

Having been torn initially between choosing interior or fashion inspired me to re-contextualise materials between interior and fashion like wood and tufting and use them in an innovative and new way within my fashion collection and samples.

After leaving the RCA I would like to work in an innovative environment which allows me to develop my skills, work and material techniques.

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  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Textiles, 2013

  • As a textile designer I am always looking to explore new materials and there is no better place to have the opportunity to do so than the MA at the RCA. I have loved the endless possibilities that unusual material combinations bring to my work.

    My graduate collection is inspired and drawn from my Scottish roots and its heritage. I was brought up in family in the building trade, which inspired my use of wood within my collection and has been my source of inspiration for my bold, strong hand-drawn imagery sourced from architectural structures and planning layouts within my home town of Edinburgh.

    I have always had a strong focus on the surface design of the garment and an obsession for added detail. I have been mixing luxurious fabrics like cashmere/ lambs wool and wood veneer alongside wood panels, polyurethane, organza, linen and hand tufted pieces. These have been made possible by sponsorship from Turnberry Rug Works producing hand-tufted panels and Peter Scott Knitwear sponsorship for wools and cashmere; both are Scottish based companies.

    Having been torn initially between choosing interior or fashion inspired me to re-contextualise materials between interior and fashion like wood and tufting and use them in an innovative and new way within my fashion collection and samples.

    After leaving the RCA I would like to work in an innovative environment which allows me to develop my skills, work and material techniques.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons), Printed Textiles Design, Edinburgh College Of Art, 2002; HND, Stitched Textiles and Fashion, Telford College Edinburgh, 1999; Foundation Studies, Art and Design, Telford College Edinburgh, 1997
  • Experience

  • Freelance Textile for fashion designer, Mint and Keeler Gordon studio, London, 2009-11; Teaching fellow textiles for CAD design, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, 2008-2010; Freelance Textile for fashion Designer, Nancy Parker Design, London, 2006-2009; In House Textile for fashion designer, Brewster, London, 2004-2006
  • Exhibitions

  • The Clothes show live, Earls Court, London, 2010; Made In The Shade, The Lighthouse, Glasgow, 2009; Swatch Alternative fashion week, Truman Breweries, London, 2006
  • Awards

  • Winner, Bicester Village project award, 2012; Highly commended, Waddesdon Project, 2012; Winner, Crown award for excellence in design, 2002
  • Publications

  • Selvedge Magazine, Beth Smith, 05/2012