Fashion Student Spotlight: Amanda Carter hand-knits Heir Looms from natural fibers

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      By Pari Mistry

      Amanda Carter is passionate about two things: knitting and education.

      It’s these passions that inspired her new line, Heir Looms, a collection that caters to women looking for quality, handcrafted garments made from natural fibers. Carter applied to Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s fashion design and technology program after first taking a fashion sewing camp offered at the university. 

      Heir Looms will be unveiled at 2016 The Show: The Final Cut, presented by Tamoda Apparel Inc., on April 6 and 7 at the Imperial Vancouver (319 Main Street). Thirty-five other lines by Kwantlen Polytechnic University fashion design and technology students will also be showcased.

      All five shows have now sold out. For event details, visit kpu.ca/2016fashionshow, or follow @kpu_fashion on Twitter and @kputheshow on Instagram.

      Pari Mistry: Describe your collection.

      Amanda Carter: My collection is casual womenswear made from natural fibers, with a focus on hand-knitted garments. The reasoning behind using only natural fibers is for the benefits of comfort and breathability, but also for those who want their clothes to fit in with their natural lifestyle choices. My collection of hand-knit garments features knitting techniques not typically found in mass-manufactured knits, and each piece is meant to be cherished as they are pieces that can be passed down in the future.

      PM: What was the inspiration behind your line?

      AC: The inspiration for my line comes from my passion for knitting and finding new, different techniques, and also from the patterns and shapes found in nature.

      PM: Can you tell me about your creative process?

      AC: My creative process usually starts with an image or item I find inspirational. I’ll later build upon that idea and try to find different paths I can take which link back to that starting idea. I like to start by researching and having many design possibilities, while keeping my customer in mind. After that comes design, and the process of making the actual product, and to reworking it until it is something successful.

      PM: What have you learned at KPU?

      AC: KPU has given me the skills to take my ideas and designs further, and to be able to design to fill needs, rather than just produce.

      PM:  What are your plans after graduation?

      AC: After graduation, I hope to find a job working in the industry as a design assistant. I really enjoy the whole design process and would love to gain more experience and see and learn from different processes. I would also love to travel to get inspiration for future designs.

      Pari Mistry is a final-year fashion design and technology student at KPU’s Wilson School of Design.

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