Ria’s work aims to champion the natural hues and qualities of British wool, incorporating vibrant flashes of colour through hand dyeing with native and foraged plants. Inspired by the conflict between the natural and the man-made, this translates into a knitwear collection that is an antidote to fast fashion, designed for longevity and made to be cherished, looked after and passed on.
Ria Burns designs and makes knitwear on vintage knitting machines from her studio at Bristol Textile Quarter. Working exclusively with wool due to its sustainability credentials, yarns are sourced from British farms and spinners.
Ria started her knitwear practice in 2015 after graduating with a first in BA Fashion Design from Batley School of Art under the brand RB Knitwear. She recently completed an MA in Textile Design at Bath Spa University, releasing her first botanically dyed, British wool knitwear collection.
The collection was launched in September 2018 via a Crowdfunder campaign, where Ria raised funds to be able to move into a larger studio and start a natural dye garden - click here to be added to the mailing list to receive updates on this project.
Ria designs, dyes and makes to order from her Bristol studio. Bespoke commissions are welcome, and studio visits can be arranged by appointment. She teaches machine knitting classes in the Bristol area.