London based women’s knitwear designer Ruth Green graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2011 with an MA Fashion Design. Since completing her studies she has exhibited internationally, won awards and spent her time working on a brand new collection. As she prepares for Who’s Next, Ruth talks to ARTS THREAD about her A/W 2012 collection and love of knitting!
ARTS THREAD: Tell us about the collection you will be showing at Who’s Next
Ruth Green: I will be showing my RCA graduate collection and also previewing my A/W 12 collection, which will be launching in February in London in collaboration with Vauxhall Fashion Scout.
My RCA collection drew inspiration from Egon Schiele, with colours and textures melting into one another. Combining felted lambswool, fine high shine viscoses and layers of sheer silk chiffon. Large scale intarsias evoke Francis Giacobetti’s photography of Francis Bacon cascaded across oversized silhouettes, slouched marled handknits and layered chiffon.
My A/W 12 collection draws inspiration from American quilt making – in particular Log Cabin quilts – taking this traditional technique and giving it a new twist, experimenting with colour and scale of pattern. Working with British yarns from lambswool to cashmere, using geometric silhouettes and blocks of colour and pattern. Slouched wool viscose pieces are juxtaposed with industrial denim layered beneath super soft knits and felts.
AT: Why did you decide to specialise in knitwear?
RG: I have been working with knitting machines since my school days and my mum is an avid knitter so there has been yarn and knitting books around me for as long as I can remember! I love the whole process from selecting colours and textures to creating and manipulating my own fabrics. I’m a bit of a technical geek and often create very labor intensive ideas but its always worth it in the end, and it is interesting to then translate those ideas into wearable pieces which are edgy but commercially viable.
AT: What have you been doing since you graduated?
RG: I graduated from The Royal College of Art last July. Since then, I showed at ITS10 in Trieste, Italy which was an incredible experience! Whilst there I was awarded the Skunkfunk sustainability award. I have created a sustainable capsule collection for Skunkfunk and have been to their studios in Bilbao to work with the design, marketing and PR teams. It is due for launch in September 2012 across Europe in Skunkfunk stores. Alongside this I have been freelance designing for Rowan.
AT: What do you hope to gain from exhibiting at Who’s Next?
RG: It’s a fantastic opportunity for many different people in the industry to have a look at my work and see how it is progressing, especially in Paris it is really exciting!! It will be great to get some feedback and meet people from all area’s of the industry as well as the other Who’s Next exhibitors as they are all in the same position as me.
Meet Ruth and the other chosen designers within the FAME area of the show, held January 21-24 2012 at Porte de Versailles.
Ruth Green’s ARTS THREAD portfolio.