Don't Get Your Knitting in a Twist, by Michele Sanders

Knitting, Ants and the Titanic Inspire Designers

Creative textile undergraduate, Michele Sanders, has created a range of ceramic tiles from her knitting designs and will display them at the prestigious New Designers exhibition in London

Michele pressed her wire and mesh knitting into a mould for the tiles and created the ceramic tiles from that mould. The tiles are made out of white ceramic which is ideal for kitchens and bathrooms.

BA (Hons) Design (Interior Textiles and Surface Design) undergraduate Michele said: ‘My work reflects my love of knitting and its structure. I have explored its flexibility and versatility, and found a huge potential for innovative design by using a combination of different materials on different scales.

‘I have made ceramic tiles using my own knitted wire and mesh to impress and mould the surface. These beautiful tiles can be combined with a coloured grout to suit any ‘knitting lovers’ environment.’

Abigail Nealon, who studies BA (Hons) Design (Interior Textiles and Surface Design), has created a range of upholstery after she was inspired by ants in her garden. She said: ‘I tried to move an ant’s nest during the summer holidays, but they attacked me. I was really impressed by the patterns they made when they swarmed out of the nest.’

Other designers have sought inspiration from the Titanic, stately homes and St Mary Redcliffe Church in Bristol. The graduate designers have produced amongst other items wallpapers, furniture and fabrics and hand drawn images.

Neil Musson, Tutor at Somerset College, said: ‘This is an amazing opportunity for our graduates to show their creative work to the design world and to gain employment when they leave the College.

‘Our designers are highly skilled, their creations are testament to that, and will do very well in the future. Our graduates are sought after in the industry’

New Designers is the foremost event in graduate design showcasing the work, energy and talent of some 4,000 designers. It is a chance for graduates to showcase their designs in front of industry experts. The primary goal of each designer there is to impress potential employers and get a foothold in the industry.

Somerset College deliver degree courses through a partnership with the University of Plymouth. Click on the links for more information on BA (Hons) Design (Interior Textiles and Surface Design) and BA (Hons) Design (Fashion Textiles) . Alternatively email or phone (011823) 366 331.

New Designers 2009 takes place at London Business Design Centre from Thursday 9 July until Sunday 12 July. For more details visit