Ria Burns Knitwear
Ria Burns designs, dyes and makes the knitwear for the brand on vintage domestic hand flat knitting machines from her studio in Bristol. She also manages the dye garden situated at her home.
Graduating with a first in BA Fashion Design from Batley School of Art, where she chose to specialise in fashion knitwear. After relocating from Leeds to Bristol Ria freelanced as a knitwear designer, before returning to university in 2017 to undertake an MA in Textile Design at Bath Spa University. Ria’s eponymous brand of botanically dyed, British wool knitwear was researched and developed during her time at Bath Spa and launched in September 2018 via a Crowdfunder campaign.
Bespoke commissions are welcome, and studio visits can be arranged by appointment. She teaches machine knitting and natural dyeing classes in the Bristol area and online, and is available for lecturing and teaching on machine knitting and sustainable natural dyeing.
Recent teaching and speaking engagements include Shetland Wool Week, Unravel Festival of Knitting and Stitch Fest South West.
Ria is an active member of the Heritage Crafts Association and the Knitting and Crochet Guild.