BIO

Louisa Knapp

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For me, textiles are the perfect balance between art and science. At home, my family is an even split between the creative and the mathematical, the experimental and the accurate. This has without doubt, impacted on the kind of designer I have become and shows how apparently diverse schools of thought can forge innovative ways of approaching textile design.

Weave, as my specialism, allows me an outlet for both my creativity and my drive for precision. Material culture grounds me in such a disconnected, technological world. Weaving is making something out of nothing and even as I gain more knowledge and experience- the joy of making cloth from fibre never seems to lose its enchantment!

December 2020

The Worshipful Company of Weavers Scholarship Award winner

May 2020

Campaign for Wool, 10th Anniversary student design competition winner

Margo Selby X Alternative Flooring

February 2019

Silver Award winner from The Worshipful Company of Woolmen 

Work Experience

2017-2021

University of Huddersfield

January 2020

Botany Weaving Mill

September 2019

Aleksandra Gaca

Textiles Practice BSc

I worked alongside the powerful fabric design team and was in and out of the adjoining mill to oversee production as well as to assist in design decisions on their in house sample jacquard loom. I was lucky enough to be exposed to several live industry briefs from varying scales of Aircraft/ Airline and my placement coincided with working towards their 2020 collection for their annual trade show Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX)

I worked alongside Polish Textile Designer, Aleksandra Gaca, in her studio in Delft. Overseeing several industry projects as well as freelance work and her own collection released at the Dutch Design Week 2019.
She taught me so much about colour and sophisticated, original design; the ins and outs of running a busy design studio and lots about Dutch culture which I will never forget!

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Huddersfield, UK

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