TWO renowned fashion designers made a big impression at a meeting of Huddersfield Textile Society.
Emma Sewell and Harriet Wallace-Jones use Yorkshire yarns to create in-demand fashion items such as high-quality scarves and throws in wool crepe, cashmere and silk.
Their work is sold across the world via the fashion centres of London, Paris and New York.
The designers, who use the expertise of Moldgreen dyers and finishers W T Johnson & Sons, also accept commissions to design – including scarves for the recent Gauguin exhibition at the Tate Gallery, for the British Museum and the Royal Academy.
They work with interior designers for hotels and designed upholstery for the London Overground trains. The duo also won design competition for new upholstery for London Underground, which will be introduced later this year on the Central Line.
Emma and Harriet hold masters degrees from the Royal College of Art and Emma is a past winner of the Silver Shuttle, awarded by the Worshipful Company of Weavers livery company.
The two designers gave a presentation entitled Hand Loom to Power Loom at a meeting of the textile society held at the Textile Centre of Excellence.
Before the meeting, they met textile students at Huddersfield University’s school of art, design and architecture to encourage students to be innovative in their use of traditional techniques of textile production.
The Textile Society awards prizes to students for creativity and innovation in textile design and supports efforts to bring on a new generation of designers.