Mhairi Abbas

Mhairi Abbas is a graduate of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee. Achieving First Class Honours in Textile Design BDes, specialising in textile, knit and colour design. Currently building a contemporary design brand. Producing luxury knitted scarves and accessories through small batch production. High quality beautifully finished products in a variety of styles, made on a hand powered knitting machine with hand dyed Merino wool. Designs are inspired by the Shetland Islands. Successfully secured a Design Residency at Duncan of Jordenstone College of Art and Design. As well as developing and producing my own work this involves teaching experience and assisting the Textile Design department. My debut collection was awarded the New Designers Shillingford Dulux Colour in Design Associate Prize and I was shortlisted for the Inches Carr Trust Graduate Craft Awards, receiving the runner-up prize.

Process

Translating colour from imagery to create beautiful hand dyed gradients. The yarn in my scarves is actually knitted twice! To get beautiful smooth gradients I knit up plain lengths of fabric then dye them before unravelling it all back into yarn, this means I can knit other colours in amongst the gradients.