Above: Bolt of Cloth Textile Design Award Winner 2016 – Hilary Knox!
Photography by Larnie Nicolson for Homestyle Magazine
Last year I was lucky to be given the opportunity to help in judging the annual Bolt of Cloth Textile Design Award. I’ve been an eager witness to the winning designs from the years previous and to be allowed to officially offer an opinion was a new and exciting thing for me!
I met with Bolt of Cloth chiefess; Suz Tonascia in their Christchurch HQ where we methodically worked through their selected finalists. The standard was high and it was even more exciting to see some distinctively fresh points of view and aesthetics being offered up.
But for me, the soft beautiful work of Hilary Knox was a clear and an immediate stand out.
Her designs were nature inspired and even more interestingly, featured chooks! (hens/chickens…pick your term) It all felt very un-rehearsed to me like it had all come out of her own mind and own world. This is something that is so hard to find in this time of rapid visual inspiration. Without even knowing it, so many emerging designers produce work in accidental heavy reponse to trends!
So from my view, Hilary Knox hit the ball out of the park and I am SO excited to see what this terrific award will springboard her to next!