Feel The Yarn 2016
Feel the Yarn is part of the “Special Program for the 2016 Pitti Immagine Fairs”, promoted by the Centro di Firenze per la Moda Italiana with a grant from the Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico – Ministry for Economic Development and Agenzia ICE – in support of Italian trade fairs and Made in Italy.
THE SPINNING MILLSBack to top
Che cos'è per voi Feel The Yarn?
ACCADEMIA COSTUME & MODABack to top
Tutor: Adrien Yakimov Roberts
As an accidental knitwear designer, in my previous life, it has been so interesting working with my two students, both quite different. This project has been an excellent learning tool, a true-life experience for our students, the designers of tomorrow, dealing with issues of yarn ordering, restricted colour pallet, unique yarns of the highest quality to produce garments that are technically of interest, intended to communicate and inspire professional eyes. Not an easy task but an exhilarating ride. A collaboration of this kind, exhibited at Pitti Filati, is an honour.
The hectic everyday life. Cables, drop stitches, ribs. An interpretation of the casually argued attitude that is beloved by man. The need of feeling oneself and at ease. A stylistic code that expresses the dynamic world of men’s knitwear.
Forms and shapes inspired by natural elements and sculptural art blend through the combination of organic shapes. Created in rural colors with woven and overlapping fabrics as if carved in the course of time. The movement creates a personality and identity to a simple, minimal look of a cosy everyday life.
BIFTBack to top
Tutor: Ruiping Guo
To students’ perspective, it is a very good communication opportunity. This competition is exploring their horizons and also a great platform to experiencing design development from 2D to 3D.
The ideas surrounding personal identity are a big deal. My design starts with the concept of asexuality. The boundary of men and women’s dress is ambiguous. For example, I tend to decorate female clothes with harder-edged lines in detail, and for male clothes, gentle and lovely curves are preferred. As for the colour, Female clothes tend to be neutral and grey-coloured while male clothes tend to be warm and dreamlike. My design tries to change the inherent expression that gender should be obviously different, thus dispelling the gender code and prejudice which dominate our ideas virtually.
Just make a vow to Isabella, she will bring the wish to heaven, to make a dream come true.
BUNKABack to top
Tutor: Hiromi Yagihara
It has been 7 years since Bunka Fashion College was invited first edition of Feel the yarn. I am very grateful to everyone involved with this project. Every year, the yarns from partner companies make me surprised because of its characteristic and quality. Inspired by such gorgeous yarns, our students develop possibilities of knit into knitted fabric and silhouette by using automatic machine.
I tried to express the emotional variety of human being by using voluminous colors and shapes. I found inspiration from everything: literature, art, street style, movies and music inspired me to develop and produce both the fabric and the garment design. I discovered the versatility of combining tape yarns, super kid mohair and polyester yarns. People are creatures full of emotions: happiness, sadness, anxious and anger. Feelings that make us want to explore the world and build relationships with others. Emotions affect people’s creativity and that is the most important element of this creation process.
This year’s theme, Knitting Time, let me imagine the break time in the place surrounded by gorgeous curtains. Like a soft layered cocoon, I used tubular jacquard in smooth cashmere to represent the feeling like wrapped in something soft. Taking images from the curtain that combines deep red heavy fabric and lace fabric, I represented it by draping in knit. Hazy foil print on lace comes from antique metal decoration of arabesque pattern. It would be great if you can perceive “gorgeous calm time” I would like to represent, by touching finest cashmere.
Hochschule LuzernBack to top
Tutors: Christa Michel/Tina Moor
The Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Textiledesign, provides students with an applied education, working regularly with companies from Switzerland and abroad. (Hugo Boss, Création Baumann, Mitwill etc.)
The cooperation with the Italian yarn companies from Tuscany enriches the involved students professional experiences. I appreciate the opportunity that the students can present their work at the ”Pitti Filati”-fair in order to receive positive or critical reactions.
As dawn breaks, the glistening night frost still covers foliage. A fresh breeze gently parts sheer curtains, allowing the warmth of early morning sunlight to rest on her eyelids and announce the arrival of a new day. As twilight approaches, the blush tints of afternoon create a shadow effect as they transmute into the smoky hues of dusk. She raises her eyes to the sky above. Twinkling stars are emerging in anticipation of the night to come. The two garments in my knitwear collection reflect the eternal cycle of sunrise and nightfall.
Tamara Ansó Romeo
Each day brings invigorating energy. I step out into the world, eager to discover it anew. Cocooned against the wind, I make my way through a rugged landscape. This is a place where I can enjoy the silence. Daylight fades and I return to the heart of urban life. As the sky darkens, it highlights the rich colours of the town. I hear music and join the dancers celebrating on the streets. This is a place where I can share joy. My enveloping knitwear designs embrace life lived day-to-day in the open air.
Hochschule NiederrheinBack to top
Tutor: Ellen Bendt
“We just started to work with the wonderful yarns. The materials are very inspiring!"
My inspiration for the two outfits is a sort of time capsule: we’ll find in the Paris apartment of the famous socialite Marthe de Florian, left by its inheritor in 1942 on the run from World War II. No one ever entered this tiny parallel universe full of memories from the Belle Époque until 2013. The flat was perfectly preserved but covered with dust. The dust makes the abstract perception of time visible as it formed various surfaces and shapes. These traces of time and the romantic yet melancholic atmosphere took me on a time travel resulting in the two knitted outfits.
Wood and metal going hand in hand down the path of life and time. Growing old together, losing their strength and shine, leaving a life of work with a tender goodbye. My goal is to transfer the visual appearance of traditional materials, characterized by their irregular colour and surface as well as the development of a distinctive patina and signs of wear, with exciting modern yarns to delicate knitted surfaces. With embellishments of raw materials the knitted structure contrasts with the solidity of outdoor constructions, not only changing the visual appearance, but developing surprising hand feels.
Hochschule TrierBack to top
Tutor: Dirk Wolfes
Adriane Lila Fecke
The idea of sportswear, comfort and wearability of garments is essential to me. The contrast between different knitting styles creates a fresh innovative feeling. Through plastic foil and silicone, I achieve an unusual knit fabric which is water resistant and has an attractive matt shine. I have chosen 3 energetic colors (pink, orange, yellow) balanced with a calming blue. The garments are a synthesis of multiple layers. A playful combination of wide and narrow patterns. Rubber is implemented to shape the volume. With the use of a special “nylon” yarn, I achieved a transparent optic effect and I introduced some tapes that reflects at night.
The collection is a clash between romantic colors and large shapes. Romantic inspirations were alienated, simplified and pixelated to create a current look. Lace is reinterpreted in graphic, modern forms. Cocooning is shown in the overlapping panels to characterize an enveloping body. I want to create tension with the help of large shapes and material strength.
Kingston UniversityBack to top
Tutor: Samantha Elliott
We are delighted to be taking part in "feel the yarn 2016" the competition is invaluable in terms of experience for the graduating students, they gain knowledge and first hand insight of the industry, and are able to build a network of professional contacts at the fair, helping them to be as ready as possible as they start their careers.
Inspired by the balance of the longevity of traditional luxury and the continuous development of contemporary design, this collection captures a moment where both combine. Soft, relaxed and oversized silhouettes and fits are made opulent with the seamless integration of luxury yarns to create comfortable yet equally luxurious garments. Inspiration from rich colours and metallic influences create indulgent garments. These garments were influenced by a combination of multiple textures and qualities, to add depth and an exciting touch and feel to the garments.
A photograph provides a still, an inclination of a moment in the ever-moving world. The photography of Julia Margaret Cameron illustrates this more so than most. By using the once modern glass plate photography, Cameron created both portraits and Renaissance inspired costume shoots both reflecting a single moment in time. I was inspired by the Renaissance style costume used in the images that envelop and swathe the body, combined with the genuine textures created within the images from the glass plates, giving the image depth through texture.
LAHTI UniversityBack to top
Tutor: Minna Cheung
We are happy and proud to participate FEEL THE YARN 2016 project for the first time. This is a great opportunity for the students to learn more about yarns and knitting in general and especially about the Italian yarns and the long history of the Italian textile production. Working with the professionals; companies and organizers encourage the students' design thinking to the next level. Students and tutors will be able to view, have discussions and share information about the issues of textile and fashion in a global scale.
Combined with the girly, pink bubblegum, thay make a fun world where rules don’t matter and life is made to be enjoyed. I got inspired by the round shapes, delicious pink colors and the beautiful transparency of the bubbles. I explore the roundness in different techniques: some made by hand and some with the help of a knitting machine.
The ombré effect is an ode to the beautiful and rich red hues reflected from hard surfaces in nature.
LIMERICK SCHOOL OF ART & DESIGNBack to top
Tutor: Mairead Neill
We are delighted to be involved in “Feel The Yarn” for the first time. It is an exciting opportunity for both students and staff to meet and learn from others who are as excited about knitwear and textiles as we are. Working with industry professionals helps to prepare students for the real world and understand more fully how their ideas can be applied to knitwear and textile design. We look forward to being part of this process and contributing to the development of this prestigious competition.
Decadent indulgence: inspired by royalty, luxury, magnificent decoration and lavish surroundings. I wanted to create knitwear designs that reflected the power of luxury using the texture and colour of exquisite detail, furniture and textiles to emulate and reflect a moment of decadent luxury and sumptuous seduction.
Inspired by the delicate shade, form and wrapping lines of the cocoon. Observing nature and its ability to absorb and envelop the individual. Life wrapped around time, wrapped around the tactile and tangible life experience. Translating the shape and form into sumptuous volume, enveloping and protecting the body with delicate padded sections.
POLIMODABack to top
Tutor: Alvise Ziche
"Partecipare a Feel the Yarn da l'opportunità agli studenti del Polimoda di mettere in pratica la loro creatività, oltre alla chance di entrare in contatto con Pitti Filati e tutto ciò che ne consegue. Sempre più vicina alle aziende il Polimoda con Feel The Yarn dimostra la voglia di mettere in pratica l'estrema creatività degli studenti e l'attenzione per la parte tecnica che le aziende necessitano".
Giulia Farencena Casaro
Each of us tries to live the good life. We attempt to achieve this. Sometimes life extends beyond this effort. Sometimes it’s life itself that surprises us most. Unexpected events set aside for us by chance, reveal themselves marvellously to our eyes. Small occasions secretly hidden within the weft of our skin, emerge when we least expect: a caress, a hug or a kiss on the cheek. The skin is an organ, like the liver or the heart. And skin is the organ that inspired me. Its secret sound is the one I will tell you. The one that wraps and warms you. In order to make us feel a little less alone.
Everyone is born with a free spirit to explore the new world. But as time goes on, society gives us more and more stress and limits. I chose this topic to break all of these boundaries. That’s why I used the grey and black colours, and the packages as a symbol of reality and all the free belts and bright colours as a relief from the world. I also included elements inspired by firemen: their equipment, their courage, what pushes them to saves lives from the fire - just like the new - born spirit.
Politecnico di MilanoBack to top
Tutor: Giovanni Maria Conti
I think that is the most important event to introduce young people to the productive world and vice versa. Enjoy!
Free spirit. Free to choose what to wear not considering gender. Free to play with the shapes of masculine and feminine garments. Free to express oneself at any time. Layering is the tool of a continuous creation of an identity made of bright colours and grey shades, irony and lightness. Soft and unconstructed volumes combine with precise geometries and graphic shapes, sometimes strict, sometimes messy textile waste.
An important evening, a party. This is the scenario for the collection: linear volumes enriched by a train and by a cape to enhance originality and preciousness. A small and fanciful hat is an additional grace. Inspiration is interpreted by textures playing with depth and luminosity, thanks touches of Lurex and stitch transfer. Sinuous shapes resulting from tuck stitches to create a undulated movement. Transparencies. Shiny decorations by printing and embroidering with pearls. All these elements combined with innovative fancy yarns and precious wools transfer the concept of richness and opulence of Dressy Hours.
Royal College of ArtBack to top
Tutor: Sarah Dallas
The training course for the students, provided by the organisers, is a real bonus and the experience to exhibit their garments at Pitti Filati and to present their work to elite and acclaimed fashion houses is quite unique.
The “rhythm of daily life” lies in the network of sociality. My idea is to celebrate this by exploring how we talk with our hands. I take great influence in the way we interact and use this interest to generate visual imagery. I want to take ownership of the way we use words, creating new painted alphabets and translate these spontaneously drawn symbols into knitted forms. For this project, I will utilise the qualities of textured and matte yarns to translate the juxtaposition between bold graphic 2D motifs and their 3D representations. I take reference from work by Claes Oldenburg and Howard Hodgkin.
Through processes of making and unmaking we are able to appreciate the time and energy invested in the crafted objects of our everyday lives. Materials are in transit, from source to product, then recycled and reinterpreted, each step arriving somewhere new and yet uncomfortably familiar. The luxury offered by newly spun and dyed noble fibres is subverted by an engineered patina, reflective of the physical timeline that has preceded this present moment.
THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNICBack to top
Tutor: Judyanna NG
Chu Ying Ying
“00:00, precious moments” gives a new perspective of bridalwear, fusing knitwear with wedding gown. Rococo elements are used to develop a delicate and 3D fabric, with mainly peach, rose and skin nuances and metallic colours as highlight, in order to design Haute Couture, novel and contemporary bridal dress suitable for every season. Most brides would like to show their best appearance even in the cold weather. Knitwear can address the issue occurred in woven design by using various materials and knitting structures. Another reason is the flexible property of knitwear that allows one size of wedding gowns.
Lion Tsz Ki Sze
This menswear knitted collection is inspired by the individual spirit. It presents an energetic sensation by a flamboyant color combination. The graphic of this collection is using the line to create different visual effects. It pursues a change in traditional cognitive which against the stream. The knitted structures show a subtle effect on the fabric surface, in combination with the elastic bands with exploited tensions, generating special and unique visual effects with patterns and structures. This knitting technique helps to create a woven looked knitted textile and adds distinctiveness into the collection.