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BELINDA HARRIS-REID

OUR PAST INFORMS OUR FUTURE: Born in and spent my child-time in Africa. My father was Professor of English and Philosophy at the University of Malawi. Back to colder climes - UK.

Dyed my hair pink and 'ran away to join the theatre'. Trained at the Cockpit Theatre, co-founded the London Performance Company (young people’s political theatre), a Diploma in Graphics (London College of Printing), a BA Hons. in Jazz History and Jazz Voice (University of East London).  MA in Devised Theatre (Dartington College of Arts, Devon), Big Brother 8 (2009) housemate (and all that goes with the media whoosh); 15 minutes of celebrity status/fame leading onto setting up Screens South West (training in acting and re-acting to the camera);  20 years of working in theatre and production; gigs, shows, events, cabarets and design.

My mother studied for an MA in Knitted Textiles at the Royal College of Art where my fascination with all things structural, constructed, woolly, made and developed, art and inspiration began. I learned to knit and purl when I was 16 years old.

The transition from the world of performance to working with fibre came about 6 years ago - from a chance encounter with a woman who ran a knitting group in my road. This is where I learned to knit again...

After hosting a Devon based trade event; the big KNIT show (2010 and 2011), and realising that our collaboration bore fruit we joined forces and formed a hand-knit design company.  In 2013 I went on to form my own luxury hand-knit design company. What followed was unplanned but looking back appears pre-ordained and has exposed my love of designing beautifully constructed knitwear that is delicious to wear/own, some would say transformative and of course utterly comfortable.

www.belindaharrisreid.co.uk

 

RACHEL VOWLES

I first picked up my knitting needles aged 8 and spent the next few years knitting outfits for Pippa dolls who were the stars of my own little theatre shows enjoyed be an appreciative audience of, well... me.  Taking the theatre thing further I studied for a BA Hons in Drama and Theatre Arts at RHBNC, London University graduating in 1993.

Since then I have had the enormous privilege to continue to work in the everso slightly surreal world known as 'The Arts'. I spent ten years at Exeter's Northcott Theatre ending up as Associate Director for Youth and Community, 8 years as a lecturer at Exeter College and, having had two children, now work as a freelance artist as an actor, director and facilitator working across the South West.

I'm co-director of Nuts and Volts Theatre Company and also Playing Dead Murder Mystery Entertainment Company. I'm also the theatre tent programmer for The Levellers annual festival, Beautiful Days, held each year at Escot in Devon.

For the last five years my 'other job' has been as a freelance technical pattern editor working for Knitting Magazine, Inside Crochet and a host of other publishers and designers including Dorling Kindersley, Quarto Publishing, GMC Publications and David & Charles

I've recently moved to a dreamy thatched cottage in the heart of the Devon countryside and despite being a terrible cook and failing miserably to make an impression on the veg patch I'm living my dream. Sweet!