Graduate Profile: Elizabeth Dyson, BA (Hons) Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles - Nottingham Trent University
© Elizabeth Dyson 2011
©Elizabeth Dyson 2011
What was the inspiration behind your final collection / project?
My collection is titled ‘Wrap Me Up. Protect Me!’ and is all about taking the inevitable leap into the ‘Big Bad World’ and the apprehension of being accepted. Words such as cosy, comforting and cocooning translate into fluffy mohair yarns. Fabrics are soft to the skin, inspired by the idea of being wrapped up in cotton wool. Comfort blankets are mirrored by the use of patchwork fabric. Warning markings within nature protect delicate surfaces and are highly influential within pattern inspiration. In contrast, the excitement of freedom, change and new opportunities are conveyed through vibrant colours. The use of hazy pastel tones relate back to childhood; a time of naivety and safety.
Describe the key features of your collection / project?
My strengths are working with colour and creating beautiful textures; both are key within my collection.
Have you completed any work experience or industry collaborations?
After spending year three of my course in industry, I am more aware of commercial aspects of the design process. I was lucky enough to secure placements with Sophie Steller and Giles Deacon in London. I then went on to complete a placement with DKNY in New York.
What are your short or long-term career aspirations?
I am very open minded and will give my all to every opportunity that comes my way. I would like to travel and see the world - there is so much out there to be inspired by.
Do you have any words of wisdom that you could pass on to 1st or 2nd year students?
Never lose enthusiasm and always believe in your ideas.
© Elizabeth Dyson 2011
When were you happiest?
In New York, constantly seeing new things and meeting new people.
Last exhibition / event that you went to see?
Sue Timney at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London. Timney’s work crosses boundaries between Fashion and Interiors – both areas which interest me.
Most inspirational person you have met?
How would you save the planet?
Any problem can be solved with a cup of tea and a pair of knitting needles!
What inspires you the most?
Picking up a camera and capturing the world around me.
Your favourite book?