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Founder, Designer & Maker
After graduating in 2018 with a degree in fashion knitwear from Winchester School of Art, Jessye was drawn back to West Cornwall where she grew up. She now lives in Penzance and works from her studio a few miles away.
In her own words: "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.
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. This all helps determine the conscious choice of using only natural, sustainable fibres in my collections, which are breathable and biodegradable by nature. Any synthetic fibres I do (rarely) use, are sourced from industry surplus stock, and therefore would otherwise go to waste"
Carnwear came about organically in 2020 as Jessye continued to develop her practice as a designer/maker after her degree, and is a commitment to slow, artisanal practices, hand craft and sustainable design.
Jessye also works as a freelance knitwear designer, creating knitted costume pieces for film, TV and theatre.
BA Hons (1st Class) in Fashion Knitwear and Knitted Textile Design, Winchester School of Art, 2015 - 2018
Funding and business support from 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
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