Issue date: 21 March 2017
Eleana Burrows, a final year BA Hons Fashion student from UWE Bristol, has been awarded a 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.
Competition entries were submitted from BA and MA Fashion students from across the UK. Eleana was shortlisted and interviewed in November by industry professionals.
The inspiration for Eleana's knitted garments and samples were the wind movements and tidal strategies used by sailors. Eleana explains, “A lot of my work has a relationship with the sea, as a sailor myself this is a theme that I am incredibly interested in. The knitwear that I am currently working on has been inspired by technical engineering, the drawings and the flow of liquid through pipes. My work is underpinned by technicality and making things work, how things work and what makes for good design.”
Bursary winners are invited to the Company's Livery Banquet where they are presented with their parchments.
UWE Bristol has a successful history in the competition; previous winners include last year's recipient, Anna Lane, Cathy Van Hear in 2014 and Eleanor Cox in 2012.
Eleana says, “Receiving the Worshipful Company of Framework knitters bursary was an unexpected surprise, I am so delighted and feel very honoured to have been chosen by such a reputable and talented team. I am looking forward to showing my mentor from the company what I have been working on since my interview and I look forward to working with him in the future.”
Eleana has also successfully competed in other Fashion competitions during her studies. Last year Eleana was runner up at the Anne Tyrrell Student Design Awards and got to showcase her work at a catwalk final at London Fashion Week as one of the finalists in a Fashion Awareness Direct (FAD) competition.
Deb Southerland, Programme Leader BA Hons Fashion, says, “We are delighted to hear of Eleana's success in the Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters Bursary award. Eleana's knitwork is brilliantly playful and innovative whilst also maintaining a highly commercial edge. We are all very proud of her, and what she has achieved.”
For more information on studying at UWE Bristol visit BA(Hons) Fashion Textiles
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