Sinéad Travers

2020 QEST Investec Scholar - Textile Design

Having received 1st Class Honours in Fashion Textiles and Accessory Design from De Montfort University and a Distinction in Fashion Design from Hereford Regional College, Sinéad is now studying for an MA in Textile Design at the Royal College of Art (RCA). During her studies, reflections on her dual nationality and the diaspora of people and craft have led Sinead to explore the history of British and Irish craft textiles, finding connections through traditional pattern, process, materials and colour. This research has inspired her to bring a fusion of different craft processes into her designs such as Irish handweaving, Aran knitting and patchworking.  

QEST funding will support Sinéad in the final year of her MA at the RCA. It will allow her to grow her design practice into a confident handcrafted, slow fashion, printed textile brand.  She will focus on a fusion of hand dyed, screen printed and traditionally crafted textile pieces for womenswear fashion, with an emphasis on sustainable values. Ultimately Sinéad’s goal is to own a small screen printing studio where she can base her design practise and print her collections inhouse.   

My design practice is inspired by a combination of traditional British and Irish craft textiles, translated through mark-making into bold pattern and textures for womenswear fashion. Processes such as screen printing, dyeing and weaving are the core to my designs, with elements of surface manipulation and a contrasting range of materials, colours and innovative approaches.