Zoë is a constructed textile practitioner specialising in modular knitwear. She approaches knit in an inquisitive manner with unique creative urgency, led by making and the material.
The modular approach of her work aims to act as a disruption of current unsustainable fashion production and consumption methods. By separating garments into dynamic and versatile panels at the design phase, she aims to playfully tackle dwindling clothing utilisation, which ‘has decreased by 36% compared to 15 years ago’ (Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 2017).
By focusing on integrated circularity through flexible design, the modular method aims to reduce the approximate £140 million worth of clothing ending up in landfill every year (BFC, 2020). Changing the way knitwear is produced and moving beyond the restrictions of fully fashioned garments, there is potential to alter and adapt the current disposable and frivolous nature of fashion.
Zoë's interest in modular garment construction was sparked during her time at Central Saint Martins, where she was awarded a First Class BA(Hons) in Textile Design. The use of deadstock material is paramount to her practice, with her innovative knitwear design and deadstock application leading to her being selected as a finalist for the British Fashion Council Student Fabric Initiative in partnership with the materialist.
Always enamoured with the cultural and physical bricolage of cities, her design handwriting fuses repetitive structure and geometry with hand-led freeform craft. Constructing a diverse library of knitted studies to analyse structural pleat behaviours has been an underlying focus of her MA, allowing her to demonstrate her distinct technical ability. Creating high twist structures forming knits with dynamic stretch potential without the use of synthetic fibres has thoroughly excited her as a designer.
Ultimately, modular garment construction will continue to be her research and making focus throughout her career, aiming to constantly develop new and personal perspectives on knitwear.