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Learning from Industry

The work of degree students at Coleg Sir Gâr’s Carmarthen School of Art has been reviewed by a senior knitwear designer at Toast. 

Those studying the college’s degree honours course in textiles, knit, weave and media, presented their work to Emma Brooks, senior knitwear designer and her colleagues Flo Baring, junior designer and Dana Sheen who specialises in prints, weaves, colour stories and homeware at the company.

TOAST is a purpose driven global lifestyle brand creating and curating simple, functional and beautiful clothing and homeware UK based with studios in London and Wales and wholesale concept stores across US and Europe, they embody craftsmanship in their collections reflecting a slower and more thoughtful approach to people and planet.

The project brief, entitled ‘Couture Cloth’ asked learners to research predicted trends for next spring and summer.

Each student presented their designs and received comprehensive and individual feedback.

Rhiannon Davies presented her collection which was inspired by natural forms including shells and sand marks using organic structure and texture with a soft white, milky colour palette. 

Exploring a combination of yarns, Rhiannon’s work used lace and showed an understanding of competitors and an identification of her couture market.

Sabine Mowbray, who is studying the college’s multi-disciplinary degree which involves combining two degrees, presented designs which were inspired by her garden in lockdown, focusing on more delicate flowers, combining knit with embroidery, beading and embellishment.

Before the project review, staff at Toast each gave a talk on their day to day work such as what’s involved in developing collections, working with fabric producers abroad, selecting fabric and swatches and working with different yarn mills.

Llio James, textiles lecturer at Carmarthen School of Art said: “The aim was to introduce students to industry networks and to learn about the company and its approaches to fashion and textiles.

“We are looking into the classic couture side of fashion and bringing it into today’s language in a module that encourages live briefs.”

Work: Rhiannon Davies