The students from the School of Design at the Royal College Of Art in London recently showcased some of their current developments during the Work In Progress show, which took place at the Kensington Campus.
The College has two separate knit courses: knitted textiles, a specialism of the Textiles MA, and knitwear, part of the Fashion MA. Traditionally, the knitted textiles students would develop fabrics for either fashion or interiors, whilst the knitwear students would focus on shapes and silhouettes rather than stitch structures.
Some of the students at the Royal College don’t come from a traditional knit background, and because of this their vision of what knitwear should be about is very fresh, innovative, fearless and not constrained by some of those boundaries that most very experienced people in this field have.
Yu-Mei Huang’s work focusses on creating a multi-sensory therapeutic space for the body, using a wide range of materials and yarns to manipulate three-dimensional textures and create innovative garments.
Yu-Mei’s work has strong tactile qualities, and a lot of her visual research is about the relationship between the wearer and an ideal, comforting space around them. The idea of comfort is translated into very soft, cozy garments.
Polypropylene yarns are mixed with light materials like bubblewrap and silicone, and there is a playful mix of chunky fabrics and interactive, fine gauge textiles developed on industrial machines.