Originally from Paris, Jessica Leclere is a knitted textile and knitwear designer. She moved to London to study a BA in Textile Design at Chelsea College of Art, from which she graduated with a first-class honours degree in 2012. She then started a Masters degree in Knitted Textiles at the Royal College of Art. During her final year at the RCA, QEST helped her fund her final project. For this, she was able to use quality yarns and extend her knitwear collection which she presented at the end of year exhibition.
Jessica’s work consists of altering the structure of knitted fabric by combining unusual yarns and materials in order to find interesting shapes and textures. For her final project she created a collection of knitted garments that draws inspiration from contrast and illusion. Knitted on industrial and domestic knitting machines, her collection explores the concept of negative and positive spaces by the use of hand dip dyed yarns. The technical aspect of creating a knitted three-dimensional form is an important process in her work. Throughout the collection she uses hand linking techniques, which she has developed and shown as key design details, as well as exploring bold and minimalist silhouettes for a contemporary collection.
Jessica was recently selected for Texprint, an organisation promoting UK Textile design graduates, and shortlisted for their fashion award. She will be selling her work at Premiere Vision in Paris in September.