About ria

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available for production knitting, lecturing and teaching on machine knitting and sustainable natural dyeing

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 in her home studio in Bristol. 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 is currently studying for an MA in Textile Design at Bath Spa University.

The new collection will launch in September 2018 via a Crowdfunder campaign and online launch - click here to be added to the mailing list to receive updates on the collection's progress.

Ria designs, dyes and makes from her Bristol studio. Bespoke comissions are welcome, and studio visits can be arranged by appointment.