Eleanor Newton is currently in her final year studying Woven Textiles at Loughborough University. During her degree, Eleanor has completed internships at JW Anderson, Dash & Miller and Margo Selby.
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About Eleanor Newton:
During her placement year, Eleanor became particularly interested in fashion sustainability, longevity and transparent production. She has taken this forward in her own work seeking out sustainable fibres where possible and working with local craftspeople such as handbag manufacturer Nelson Were, of N.Were designs, to have her handwoven fabrics made into a viable final product. You can see a selection of her work by following her on Instagram and her final collection will be available to view at Loughborough University Degree Show from 8th June.
Favourite textile technique: My all time favourite technique has to be Leno weaving. Traditionally a production technique used to create the edges of scarves, I felt that it could also be utilised in a far more contemporary and decorative way in the main body of cloth. In Leno weaving, leno shafts or doup heddles are used in the threading up of the warp in order to allow for the crossing over of two warp ends during the woven process. This allows for weft ends to float across the cloth whilst ensuring that the warp ends between stay secured. As a favourite of Anni Albers - how could any weaver not love it!
Inspirational Designers: I find the work of Stella McCartney really interesting and admire her innovation in sustainable textiles and the continuous pressure she exerts on the rest of the industry to be more mindful of their own production. Of the recent AW19 RTW, I have really enjoyed the colourful tulle on the runway shown by designers such as Molly Goddard and Tomo Koizumi. I will ALWAYS love a Chanel tweed.
Dream job: I would love to work as part of a fabric development or fabric buying team at a luxury brand. Surrounding myself in beautiful fabrics and having the scope to work with incredible design teams and mills would be a true dream. On the flipside, I have adored designing the handbags for my final collection - so maybe I’ll try and sell those!