Sharon Porteous
Sharon Porteous  
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Sharon is completing her part time study at the University of Derby on the MA Fashion and Textiles postgraduate course. She is excited to be engaged in new research; exploring and weaving traditional woollen fabrics, combining her passion for recycling alongside double and triple cloth processes. Heritage with an urban edge. During her current programme of study Sharon entered and won The Woolmark Company Award as part of the Bradford Textile Society Awards in 2015.

Based in the Midlands, Sharon's earlier career saw her develop a technique of making textiles through recycling mainly waste plastic carrier bags. Traditional yarn, strips of plastic and other reclaimed materials were woven on a four-shaft floor loom. The highly textured material once off the loom was pressed with heat to bond its surface.

The unique material produced was transformed into functional, as well as purely decorative, objects. This handmade fabric, considered revolutionary by some at the time, often went unrecognised as being recycled. Fashion and interior accessories were exhibited and made to commission. Work was also purchased for the following collections: The Crafts Council, London; Abingdon Museum, Oxford; and Bankfield Museum, Halifax.