I am a specialist in sustainably knitted textiles. Problem solving with a material palette of natural fibres, I explore ethical production within circular design contexts.
Beth Ranson is a knitted textile designer, teacher + sustainable design consultant. Researching fibre, yarn and stitch structures and motivated by problem solving in sustainable design contexts, Beth occupies the space between knit technician and textiles designer: an interesting space to be. Removing elastic and petrochemical based materials from her process, many of Beth’s fabrics are biodegradable and functional through unique stitch structures and yarn combinations rather than synthetic stretch. She experiments with adaptable knitted forms using ‘zero waste’ methods. Material education through narratives embedded in textiles is an important part of Beth’s ethos. Communication of this concept is a constant path of enquiry for her. Beth’s craft inspires her technical approach to knitting, whilst her visual inspiration is gathered from personal narratives and nostalgia inducing imagery. As a specialist in the use of Natural Dyes, Beth's use of colour distinguishes her collections.
Cockpit Arts Awards
01/01/2020 - 01/01/2021The Cockpit Arts / Haberdashers’ Award