Sarah Dearlove

Roles and Responsibilities

Assistant professor, Knitted Textile design (0.2 FTE).
PhD student, part-time.
The PhD is practice-based, specialising in textiles. It is a collaborative PhD, at Heriot-Watt University, School of Textiles and Design, funded by an AHRC grant and the Industry partner Ann Sutton Foundation (part of Global Yell Ltd) based in Yell, Shetland Isles.
The PhD working title is: ‘The creation and commercial production of distinctive contemporary woven textiles inspired by the Shetland heritage ad traditional textiles’.
Publications to date: Dearlove,S. (2013) ‘Shetland Tweed in the Twentieth Century,’ in Laurence, S. ed., ‘Shetland Textiles 800 BC to the Present’, Lerwick, Shetland Heritage Publications, 134-154.


Previous Teaching Fellow posts in knitted textile design:

  • 2007-8: Duncan of Jordanstone , School of Art and Design, Dundee
  • 2004-5: Poliamoda, International Institute Fashion Design, Florence

Design Career
1998-2011: Designer and company director : Sarah Dearlove knitwear.
The Sarah Dearlove Knitwear label provided high end luxury knitwear for fashion boutiques and private clients in the international fashion Industry. Production for the knitwear was predominantly in the Scottish Borders. Computerised Shima programming production made significant parts of the collections, however pieces were also made by hand, and intarsia and hand frame knitters.
1997-2010: Freelance knitwear designer.
I freelanced for luxury fashion and knitwear brands in the American, European, and Middle Eastern markets. Experience has been across design, prototyping and production of knitwear. This covered a whole range of technical possibilities from industrial computerised knitting to hand frame, hand knitting, intarsia, jersey and embroidery on knitwear. Sampling and production experience in China, South Korea, Italy and Scottish Borders.

University Qualifications
• M.A. 1997: ‘Fashion Design Specialising in Knitwear’, Central St Martins College of Art and Design
• B.A.hons 1995: ‘Fashion design’, Kingston University, School of Art and Design

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