Sunday, November 16, 2008

RUTH CROSS- re-thinking the process of hand-knitting

Re-thinking the process of hand-knitting, Ruth Cross has created a collection of work from garments & accessories to homeware.

RUTH CROSS is the company name used by Ruth Bridgeman, born 1981, who started RUTH CROSS in 2004. The name RUTH CROSS was chosen in homage to her grandmother and acknowledgement that the company is a group effort involving around 50 hand knitters based across Britain and not just involving Ruth herself.

Ruth Bridgeman graduated from the University of Brighton with a degree in Fashion Textile Design with Business Studies. During this time she gained experience working for cashmere knit company TSE in New York, a textile trend and design studio in Como, Italy and Paul Harnden Shoemakers in the UK, all of whom she considers vital to her inspiration and decision to start RUTH CROSS.

Ethically Ruth Cross has very strong policies regarding working conditions and production. Everything is made to order by hand in the UK and finished in the studio (using only natural materials), the pieces are then all washed using environmentally friendly detergents and dried naturally. With the exception of our linen (Italian) and our fairtrade woven cotton (Indian) all the materials we use are produced in the UK. This means almost no miles are used in the process and no waste is produced.


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