‘My practice aims to challenge people’s pre conceptions of knitwear, its aesthetic and what it can become.’
Olivia Holland is an award winning Textile Designer specializing in knitwear based in London.
Having completed a degree in Textile Design at Chelsea College Of Art, and in response to her research on sustainability and emotional attachment, Olivia decided that she wanted to create her own vision: to make beautiful textiles which are refreshingly new, stand out, and due to their handmade unique nature, are timeless and treasured forever.
More than just accessories, Olivia aims to create pieces of ‘wearable art’ which can be collected and cherished.
She started her business in 2015 and was a recipient of the Cockpit Arts/Haberdashers Award in 2017.
With a strong focus on color and intricate patterns, Olivia uses luxury fibers to design and hand make each piece on her 12gg Santagostino industrial knitting machine in her London studio before being washed, steamed and finished by hand. Every piece is individually crafted and made to order, meaning that each customer receives something that is completely unique.
Her textiles are bold, bright and designed with herself in mind ‘As a child I used to hate being copied and always tried to look unique and style myself individually. I have always loved wearing things which no one else has. I am appealing to the women and men out there who desire one of a kind, luxury and lifelong pieces. To stand out from the crowd’
Olivia creates annual Textile Collections as well as working on private commissions and bespoke orders, where she works with the customer to create a tailored product. Due to the labor intensive process and to minimize waste, Olivia makes every piece to order.