Issue date: 01 June 2012
Eleanor Cox, a final year Fashion Textiles student from UWE Bristol has been honoured with a David Bethal Bursary from the Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters, one of the historical City of London's livery companies.
The Worshipful Company of Framework knitters can trace its origins to 1589. It is one of the 108 Livery Companies that contribute to the history and traditions of the City of London. Each year it grants educational bursaries and awards to talented final year students who are undertaking research projects that may be of benefit to the knitwear and knitting industries.
Eleanor and fellow student Lydia White were shortlisted for the award and interviewed in November by industry professionals, Jonathon Pears, Managing Director of Alphalex Ltd, Julian Ellis of Ellis Developments and liveryman, Humphrey Barrett.
The inspiration for Eleanor's final year project wasIndia where she spent a term as part of her second year. Starting with the photography she took whilst travelling, Eleanor researched the history of Darjeeling and the British Raj, looking back to their traditions and tea parties versus the Indian culture. Thinking of India as a country of contrasts, a wide variety of subjects influenced her work- rich versus poor, men versus women, ugliness versus beauty, crazy versus calm, modernity versus tradition.
Giving her reaction to winning the bursary, Eleanor said, “I'm over the moon to have been honoured in this way, I'm passionate about textiles and would love to work as a textile designer/developer. This
£2,500 bursary will enable me to buy more yarns and to develop my final collection. I've also been offered ongoing mentoring support from Sally Murray. It's brilliant to be working with an expert in the field; there is so much I can learn from her and hopefully it will stand me in good stead when I come to look for a job.”
Eleanor's final collection will be exhibited alongside her fellow students at London Graduate Fashion Week in June.
The award will be formally presented to Eleanor at the Livery Banquet in Mansion House, London in October.
Tracy Fitzgerald, Senior Lecturer in Fashion said, “The staff team are very proud of Eleanor receiving this bursary and the cash award will ensure Eleanor fully realises the potential of her collection. More importantly the ongoing mentoring support given by the Worshipful Company will help to ease Eleanor's transition into industry after graduation. We are hoping that Eleanor's success will encourage future students' endeavours when applying for bursaries.”
High res visuals of Eleanor's work are available upon request from the Press Office.
For more information on studying Fashion at UWE Bristol visit: http://courses.uwe.ac.uk/W230/2012
For more information about the bursary scheme see: http://www.frameworkknitters.co.uk/student-bursaries/the-bursaries-scheme/
Visual available via UWE Bristol News flickr - www.flickr.com/uwebristolnews