Ria Burns Knitwear 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 is continually working on ways in which her pieces can be produced more sustainably and has a three point action plant to work from - local plants, local wool, local production.
Ria has transformed her back garden into a productive organic dye garden, where she is growing a spectrum of native dye plants. In times of glut, Ria dries the plants to sotre and use later. To supplement these plants, she responsibly forages for plants in her local area when they are in season and abundance, as well as using colourfast food wastes.
All Ria Burns Knitwear pieces are knitted in 100% British wool sourced from British farms and mills.
By Autumn 2019, all yarn will be traceable back to a single holistic eco farm in the Mendip Hills, 15 miles away from Ria’s studio. She has commissioned a bespoke woollen spun lambswool yarn for machine knitting and has begun new work using this soft lofty, yarn.
All knitwear is produced in house by Ria in her Bristol studio, knitted on domestic hand powered knitting machines before being washed and finished by hand.
Should the business expand, Ria will work with local knitters, and would also like to start a training scheme for local young people to learn how to machine knit.
Swing tag, labels and other promotional materials are produced by a local print company on recycled card stock (which Ria collects by bicycle!).