Alexandra Pengelly

2013 QEST Iliffe Family Charitable Trust Scholar - Textile Design & Knitwear

Alexandra completed the Fashion Knitwear BA at Winchester School of Art and was a winner of the Rowan Knit Competition. Amongst other awards she also received the WSA Graduate Fashion and Textile Award. A QEST Iliffe Family Charitable Trust Scholarship supported Alex in her Knitwear Textiles MA at the Royal College of Art. She researched hand manipulation and integral structure to better understand how traditional stitches from hand knitting can be developed through a range of methods in order to form dynamically different knitted structures. Using Shima Seiki and Morat machinery, she also explored how the skill and unique heritage associated with the craftsmanship of hand knitting can be adapted and interpreted through alternative methods.

Alex was a Digital Textiles Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University and worked as a freelance designer for several years. She now works as a knitwear designer for Nike.