THOUSANDS of people were able to admire the stunning work of King’s Ely students at this year’s Knitting and Stitching Show.

Fashion and Textiles students from King’s Ely were among specialist craft exhibitors who showcased their intricate designs at the event at London’s Alexandra Palace from October 11th-14th.

Exhibitions like the Knitting and Stitching Show enable King’s Ely students not only to promote themselves and their work to people from across the world but the Art Department staff are also able to make fantastic contacts, many of whom visit the school to share their expertise and run workshops with the young designers.

Director of Art at King’s Ely Senior, Alison Rhodes, said: “This is a unique opportunity for our students to build links with industry. Over the forthcoming weeks, fashion designer José Hendo will be sharing her expertise with our A Level Textiles students working with the material ‘barkcloth’ which derives from the Bukomansimbi district of Southern Uganda. Barkcloth was proclaimed by UNESCO as part of the world’s ‘Intangible Cultural heritage of Humanity’ in 2005. Many parents and students visited our exhibition at Alexandra Palace and it really was a great celebration of our school and department.”

This term alone, Fashion and Textiles students from King’s Ely have exhibited at the Great British Sewing Bee Live at ExCeL London, and Art and Design students have showcased their work at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds.

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