Arts Degree Show2016

Kelly Lovatt


Designed for highend womenswear fashion, this collection explores the contrasting elements found in fishing tackle.

Demonstrating differences in colour and texture, the collection endeavours to translate the natural tones and feathery fringes of fly hooks against the artificial brights and plastic surfaces of fishing floats. Creating unusual combinations, the collection also brings together linear designs and organic movement capturing the bold angular lines of the floats and fluid movement of feathers and fringing. As a designer I wanted to extend my exploration of texture and achieved this through the use of float structures and interesting yarns as well as the incorporation of feathers. Some of the yarn is handmade out of selvedges and some of the feathers recycled which helps move towards sustainable fashion. Colour was a key element to this collection and was what drew my attention to the topic first. I was excited about exploring both the muted and darker natural tones against almost florescent brights and wanted to work on creating striking colour combinations.


Placements / Work Experience:

Next PLC, Leicester

Monsoon/Accessorize, London

Dash and Miller, Bristol

Paul Vogel, Suffolk

R A Smarts, Macclesfield


Competitions / Awards:

Scholarship from Worship Company of Weavers, 2016

Third place in Society of Dyers and Colourists' international competition, regional final 2016

Designs sold at Première Vision (Indigo), 2014 and 2016

Highly commended by the Bradford textiles company, 2013



MADE2, Airspace gallery, Stoke-on-Trent