JESSYE BOULTON Founder, Designer & Maker: Carnwear
After graduating in 2018 with a degree in fashion knitwear from Winchester School of Art, I was drawn back to my hometown Penzance in West Cornwall. I appreciate the slower pace of life here, and am continually inspired by the dramatic, rugged coastline and breadth of landscape that surrounds the town I live in. Carnwear came about organically as I continued to develop my practice as a designer/maker after my degree, and is a commitment to artisanal practices, slow living and sustainable design.
From my rural studio a few miles outside Penzance, I craft tactile, luxurious pieces of knitwear inspired by the juxtaposing rugged, dramatic land and seascapes of surrounding West Cornwall. The colours, patterns and textures evident in my work are often subtly reflective of the natural world observed around me, and a respect for the spaces and places we inhabit influence my practice as a designer/maker, helping determine the use of only natural, sustainable fibres, which are breathable and biodegradable by nature.
The making of each unique garment or accessory embraces time, skill and precision, resulting in refined pieces of knitwear that are often individual by nature. Embracing small scale, local production, I use vintage industrial knitting machines to hand craft both garments and accessories, harnessing artisan techniques and traditional skills. Developed using luxury natural yarns for instance silk, wool or mohair, pieces are made using these hand powered knitting machinery in a way that uses little or zero waste. The ethos of slow fashion is at the heart of my practice, with each piece designed and made with longevity in mind.
Working with demand to only produce what is needed, garments and accessories are made in limited quantities, adding to the bespoke nature of the designs. Garments are often made to order and are fully fashioned (shaped to size) on the machine and accessories are made in small batches to fit with demand. Items are then hand finished and washed to bring out the beautiful yarn qualities. Like this, waste is minimised and each product is finished to a high standard ensuring durability and longevity.
BA Hons (1st Class) in Fashion Knitwear and Knitted Textile Design, Winchester School of Art, 2015 - 2018
Supported by Cultivator Cornwall, 2020
Funding support from the Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters, 2019
Shortlisted for TexSelect Fashion Prize, 2018
TexSelect alumni, 2018 programme
Byford Bursary awarded by the Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters, 2018
Winchester School of Art Fashion Textiles Award winner, 2018
2nd Prize Winner - Campaign For Wool's Student Hand Knitting Awards, 2016