Friday 20th February 2015 at 11.15am – 1.30pm
Grays Building, Drawing Room GB05
Ingrid Tait grew up in the Orkney Islands, and returned there after studying in Glasgow, Middlesex and at the Royal College of Art. In 1992 she set up her own studio and label, Tait & Style, initially focussing on needle-punching, an industrial technique she pioneered for fine fashion fabrics. As well as designing and selling her own knitted and needle-punched accessories into leading stores around the world, she has worked with and developed unique fabrics for many fashion houses including Paul Smith, Conran, Commes des Garçons, John Galliano, Dior, Shirin Guild, Givenchy, Kenzo and John Rocha. She currently runs retail and lifestyle shops in Kirkwall, Orkney and is a visiting lecturer in various colleges.
Alison Willoughby is a British innovative designer and author. After graduating from the Royal College of Art in Constructed Textiles Mixed Media, she has made her name in the design world as skirtgirl. Renowned for her highly individual and hand constructed intricate skirts. These were originally created as wall pieces, then became functional for people wanting to buy to wear and so her work has increasingly straddled fashion, art, craft and design. Alison consults to companies, is commissioned, collaborates, sells and exhibits internationally. Clients include, Selfridges, Liberty, The British Council, The Arts Council, Habitat, Replica Projects, The Crafts Council, Urban Outfitters, Club Monaco, Oilily, Tse Cashmere, ZPM, Coco Ribbons-Dubai, Tait and Style Knitwear.