Talented design students delighted with their bursaries



Two fourth year students have come up trumps after being awarded bursaries to showcase their final knitwear collections.

Cara Fowles and Nicola Valente were both awarded £1,500 each from the prestigious Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters (WCFK) – which is one of the City of London's Livery Companies.

The WCFK visit creative institutions across the UK conducting challenging interviews with students, from which they make the selection for their awards

Both students were ecstatic with being selected.

Cara said: “My honours project is intended for childrenswear. Last semester I developed fabrics using the Shima Seiki software after visiting their European headquarters on the first Framework Knitters funded training course of its type.

“The idea was to tell a traditional Scottish fairytale through bands of fairisle inspired patterns to encourage imaginative play in a world with increasing amounts of screen time.”

Nicola added: “My project contains a serene colour palette and luxury natural yarns that were inspired by my personal journey through mindfulness techniques.

“I took inspiration through my own walks outdoors for patterns, as well as collage. The Framework Knitters loved my passion for wellbeing and my ambition to bring this consideration into the fashion industry which is what I would like to pursue in the future after graduation.”

Dr Lisa Macintyre, lecturer in Textiles said: “Congratulations to both students. It's a great honour to be selected by the WCFK and we can't wait to see their final collections in May - where they'll be on display - as part of the Degree Show.”