Our 2017 keynote lecture, “Hand knitting, sustainability and slow fashion – the future?” will be delivered on Sunday 10th September at 1pm by internationally respected Fife-based knitwear designer, Di Gilpin. Ticket price £10.
After 30 years of working in the industry, Di’s client and collaboration black book boasts some of the very best labels in couture and innovative fashion; Nike, Mark Fast (for Kanye West), Margaret Howell, April Crichton, Hancock VA, Topshop Unique, Cabbages & Roses, Paul Hardy, Sophia Kokosolakis, Graeme Black, Meadham Kirchhoff and Erdos 1436.
Di continues to design pattern collections under her own name which can worked in her luxury scottish yarn brand, Lalland Lambswool. Her patterns explore and create new symbology through deep-rooted gansey stitch patterns, combine techniques such as intarsia and circular knitting with traditional stitch patterns and cables.
With support from her Production Manager, Sheila Greenwell, Di Gilpin Ltd has recruited an elite core of knitters who live within a 15 miles radius of her Studio – a lovingly restored 16th century stone bothy just outside of St Andrews. Individual catwalk pieces or bespoke items can take as long as two months to complete.
Among her well deserved accolades, Di was named Belvenie Artisan of the Year 2005, and presented the Balvenie Masters of Craft Award in Textiles 2012.