Rachel Graham took the Student Hand Knitting 2016 title in a contest run by The Campaign for Wool, launched in 2010 to educate consumers about wool products and to support the industry. Run by a coalition of industry groups convened by the Prince of Wales, this was the Campaign’s first Student Hand Knitting contest and was part sponsored by the British Wool Marketing Board.
Rachel, studying BA(Hons)/MDes Textiles with Business Studies, said: “I was absolutely amazed to hear that I had won. Being a first year I honestly didn’t think that I would have a chance.
“I submitted my designs at the end of the summer term as I thought that it would be a great experience. It was a shock to be selected for the final. Although this was great news it meant my summer holiday was spent hand knitting in between working.”
Amanda Bright, Head of the university’s School of Art, said: “Rachel produced a stunning garment that really celebrated making and material, and I want to thank and commend her tutors: Caterina Radvan, Vikki Haffenden and Toni Hicks for making it possible for students to experience opportunities such as this as part of our curricula. I’m delighted for Rachel and the BA Textiles team and very proud.”