Rowan Design Competition 2013

"nicky barfoot's entry to the Rowan Design Competition 2013"

My take on the Great Gatsby theme

More exciting news came this week, this time from Rowan.  I came second in their 2013 design competition the theme being to design a garment/accessory in their lovely yarns inspired by the Great Gatsby film.  I was lucky to be able to visit the Willis Museum in Basingstoke as part of my research where they were displaying Hampshire County Council’s collection of 1920s dresses.  This resulted in my take on the brief being a modular design incorporating a bit of sparkle (in the 1920s dresses there were plenty of beads adding to the glitz).  The overall winner was Sigita Burskyte-Oliver with a lovely tunic knitted using Rowan Fine Lace and Kidsilk Haze.

UK Knitted Textile Awards Open Category 2013

Just back from an exhausting but amazing week at the Ally Pally Knit and Stitch Show where I was exhibiting my knitted life “paintings” after being selected as a finalist in the UK Knitted Textile Awards (Open Category).  I have never seen the show so busy, particularly on the Saturday with thousands of textile enthusiasts visiting us at the UK Hand Knitting Association stand.  Our visitors made some lovely comments about my work, and I am delighted to say that after a hectic few days of judges wandering around with clipboards and faces that gave nothing away, I won the Silver Award in the Open Category.

"Nicky Barfoot display at Alexandra Palace Knit and Stitch Show 2013"

Nicky Barfoot’s knitted life “paintings”

The Gold Award in the Open Category was given to the very deserving and talented Sally Spinks with her Random Act of Kindness Series.

"Sally Spinks display at Ally Pally 2013"

Gold Award Winner Sally Spinks with her “Random Acts of Kindness”

We’ve now got a few weeks to catch our breath before repeating the show at Harrogate on 21-24 November.