We asked a trio of creatives to design a garment that could be produced using Unmade’s innovative fabrication technique. Here, Edward Carvalho-Monaghan, Peter Judson and Nous Vous unveil their contribution to a new scarf collection and the inspiration and concepts behind each design. Their different approaches are united by unusual ways of drawing forms and objects, with intricate imagery showcasing Unmade’s processes and technical prowess.
As an It’s Nice That collaboration goes, working with Unmade has been something of a dream job. The brand, formerly known as Knyttan, has just undergone a huge rebrand thanks to the very capable hands of Bibliothèque, which introduced a sharp, slick new identity based around a neat X mark. For our work with the brand, we brought in three of our favourite illustrators to work their magic across Unmade’s bespoke knitted garments.
Two years ago we named Ed Carvalho-Monaghan as one of our 2013 Graduates and since then his illustrations made up of block colours and simple lines have given us so much joy. His knack for encapsulating the everyday with unusual touches made him a natural fit for our It’s Nice That curated collection of knitwear for Unmade. Based around the concept of Future Factory, Ed is one of three commissioned illustrators asked to create a one-of-a-kind scarf using Unmade’s bespoke knitting process.
The work was designed solely on screen as a response to the production techniques that Unmade use. “The scarf is produced using a digital weave. So thought I should design it only using digital tools,” he says. “The file size of the design you provide is miniscule. It was something like 3cm tall on the screen. Each pixel represented a stitch. The challenge was to create something free flowing using a really stiff, constrained framework.”
Peter’s scarf is a more pared-back creation than you might expect if you are familiar with his work. Since graduating from Kingston University in 2013 Peter’s designs have graced the pages of magazines and websites the world over. His work shows architectural influences, developing ideas with strong geometries and using a colour palette and patterns that draw heavily from the Memphis movement. Unashamedly Pomo in his output, his work has been commissioned by the likes of American Apparel and published by Esquire and Jacobin.
Known for their abstract, playful, exuberant works that span illustration, ceramics, murals and books of philosophical musings, Nous Vous collective seemed a fitting choice for our unusual brief. When It’s Nice That partnered with innovative wool brand Unmade, we created the concept Future Factory for three commissioned illustrators to work from to design imagery to appear on scarves. Nous Vous’ work is so multifarious and adaptable, it would have been daft not to ask them.