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Textiles (MA)

Cassie Henderson

Knitted textile designer from London holding a BA(Hons) in Textiles, Fashion and Fibre from Southampton University (Winchester School of Art) 2012. With work exhibitions including New Designers (2012), SPINEXPO - Shanghai - Spring/Summer and Autumn Winter (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019), SPINEXPO - Paris - Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter - (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) and SPINEXPO - New York - 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019). Professional experience gained as a knitwear designer, selling to brands including Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Gant, and various high street brands (2013-2023). And as a Visiting Lecturer in Knitwear at Southampton University (2018, 2019). Also invited to become a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters after winning a Student Company Award at the beginning of this year.


Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters

Leathersellers' Company Bursary

Cassie stands in front of colourful yarns on top of her Stoll knitting machine

In my work I have always been passionate about creating structures, I love working with textile machinery to develop new and innovative stitches. I have spent years working with Dubied machines and now have my own Stoll computerised knitting machine so I am able to take my developments to a new level, I love the challenge and the added complexity I am able to bring to the fabrics. The digital element allows me to be more thoughtful about the structure throughout the fabric and the composition as a whole.

At RCA I have been exploring the purpose of the stitches I create, my research is focused on producing perfect fit garments through structure with the view to replace the need for unsustainable synthetic stretch yarns. I aim to create garments cherished by the owner increasing the longevity of the garment from the customers perspective and challenging fast fashion cycles. I have created auxetic materials and used the structure as inspiration for my stitches as well as creating highly engineered stitch patterns, using the properties of each stitch to work with the different body parts and create the perfect movement and fit. I ensured all final fabrics were created using 100% natural fibres (merino wool and castor bean) with the stitch creating the necessary properties needed for perfect fitting garments rather than synthetic stretch fibres.

As part of my masters I have also been working on collaborations with aiKNIT and upLYFT where I use stitch innovation for technical medical applications. They have been an integral part of my masters but the details and imagery are protected by Non-Disclosure Agreements. The collaboration with upLYFT achieved the award of The Mayors Entrepreneur 2023 as well as The Gandhi Center of Inclusion.

A mix of geometric digital and knitted patterns in black, white and blue
Auxetic and knitted structures
Fabrics and a garment with a complex stitch pattern in white

Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters

The Leathersellers' Company