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Always a hobby knitter and crocheter (thank you Grandma!), Lisa gained a City and Guilds in fashion and design which added some tailoring knowledge to her knitting.
Lisa worked as a freelancer in homeware design before joining Rowan in early 1993 on the admin side in the design room and, since then, there’s not many jobs - from pattern writing and grading to original designs – that Lisa can’t turn her hand to.
“I suppose designing has finally brought my tailoring and knitting skills together. When I get a brief I think of the shape and the texture first and work from there.”
It’s actually Lisa who is overall pattern editor for anything that goes out under the Rowan name and now a recognised Rowan in house designer Lisa is helping to train and guide the new members of the Rowan design team.
Lisa’s inspiration comes from shape and texture, one does not exist without the other, interesting stiches, fastening and unique garment structure means Lisa is always pushing the fabric of handknit forward. A trend lead designer with a classic style is one description Lisa is happy to accept.
“Rowan offers timeless pieces and your part as a designer is to help people create something they’ll have for years and years. That’s what I love about working with Rowan.”