Lucy Willoughby

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We met Lucy by chance at Glastonbury festival, but when we learnt she was an amazing knitwear designer who lives in Brooklyn, New York we realised she was way out of our friendship league. A University of Brighton graduate, Lucy’s work is simple and structured when viewed from afar, but up close reveals bold and beautiful textures that are rich with detail. Taking inspiration from her city and its stories her works seeks to surprise and delight those who look a little closer. It’s refreshing to hear a designer say they want their viewers to question ’how did they do that?’Lucy currently mixes up work with a renowned American brand and personal projects.

How would you describe what you do?
I am a knitted textiles designer with a focus on fabrics for fashion. I work with the endless possibilities of knit as a technique to create unexpected outcomes. What I love about knit as medium is that there are a few basic rules, which once mastered are there to be broken, explored, combined and stretched to create something from a single yarn.

What do you feel is the most important thing about your work?
To me knit is fascinating and I want my curiosity to reflect on others as they view my work. I want people to question, how did she do that?!

What keeps you motivated to create, and keep creating work?
Passion, determination and aspiration.

Where do you see your work heading in the next twelve months?
I want to explore textiles as an art form, I work in the fashion industry so for me when designing, the body is the starting point. I would love to explore ideas where there is no starting point as such, just a blank canvas that has no focused direction.

Who, what, where or how do you get your first inspirations?
I am inspired everyday by the city I live in and particularly the people I meet. New York is such a transitional city, it is so rare to come across someone who was born here, everyone I meet has a dream and a story to tell.

What has been your biggest success, or source of pride?
Presenting my degree show to my family and friends was such a proud moment. After years of sweat and tears just to stand back and see what not only me, but my peers had achieved was overwhelming.

What do you think are the important issues facing yourself, and your industry at the moment?
The unpaid fashion intern is a continuous issue that seems to still be unresolved. Being allowed to develop and explore your talents should not be a privilege it should be accessible to everyone no matter what your situation.

Have any relationships, friendships, business or otherwise, been significant in shaping your work as it is now?
I was lucky enough to gain some great work experience whilst I was at University where I got to live in some fantastic places and meet some incredible people who helped prepare and shape me, and my work for the creative world beyond education.

What is your favourite word?
Right now, patience. I repeat it to myself everyday as I try to run before I can walk.

What would you do with the perfect Sunday afternoon?
Brunch, a bloody mary, friends, sunshine and Brooklyn.

And finally, who should Corinne& be profiling next?
Heather Ridley Moran, she is a Brighton based knitwear designer who is awesome.