I’m Tess Young. Originally from the south coast of England, I’ve lived in Finland, the USA and Scotland, and now find myself in the north west of England.
My work as a knitwear designer is inspired by a number of passions, including the coast, the mountains and cities, combined with a love of textile and ceramic design and architecture. My designs aim to marry form with function, mobilising the characteristics of natural materials, underpinned by a strong vintage inspired aesthetic and an attention to detail borrowed from the couture approach to handmade.
Ongoing projects include:
- An exploration of ‘cottage knitting’ in Dorset where I grew up, which draws on oral and economic histories of piecework for local and distant markets.
- 2 collections of handknitting designs, one inspired by the work of The Glasgow Four and the other by the work of Dorset novelist and poet Thomas Hardy.
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