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Defended coastline: St Ives throw

Defended coastline: St Ives throw

Super soft white and teal merino wool graduated stripe throw.

Defended coastline: Rippled water

Defended coastline: Rippled water

The photography for Defended Coastline was taken from coastal towns in Devon, Cornwall and Wales.

Defended coastline: Weathered boat

Defended coastline: Weathered boat

The textures created on coastal man-made objects convey a powerful sense of colour, detail and interest. This project encapsulates these textures.

Defended coastline: Hand painted Ikat paper weave

Defended coastline: Hand painted Ikat paper weave

Paper weave demonstrating the idea of a double cloth merino wool and SeaCell Ikat warp.

Defended coastline: Mixed medium textural painting

Defended coastline: Mixed medium textural painting

Paintings for Defended Coastline were created intuitively, letting go of an expectation and attachment to a predetermined result; this echoes the natural formation of the coastline. This design demonstrates experimentation with the application of paint and a mixture of materials.

Sarah Manning

Sarah is an enthusiastic, self-motivated, and vibrant woven textiles creator with a desire to embed sustainability in woven textiles design. Her Defended Coastline collection is inspired by her personal passion of being in, on and by the coast.

Sarah’s designs have a textural richness, carefully considered colour palettes, and demonstrate environmentally conscious design decisions. Her Defended Coastline collection aims to bring the colours and textures on man-made surfaces along the coastline into people’s homes through the production of environmentally sustainable woven fabrics used to produce ‘self-care bundles’ for the affordable luxury market.
Sarah enjoyed exploring multiple roles within the textiles industry during her placement year; she developed a wide range of skills and knowledge, which she values, and has applied to produce her Defended Coastline collection. Sarah intends to continue to pursue her passion for colour, sustainability, and texture as a textiles designer.


The role of circular economy in yarn production for sustainable textile products

Final year project

Defended Coastline


'20 Awarded the textiles scholarship by the ‘The Worshipful Company of Weavers'
'20 Diploma in Professional Studies
'20 An exhibiting designer at 'Premiere Vision', Paris
'18 Awarded commendation within the ‘British Wool’ category of The Bradford Textiles Design Competition
'18 An exhibiting designer at 'Premiere Vision', Paris


Additional placements included ‘Toft UK’ in Rugby, ‘Gainsborough Silk Mill’ in Sudbury and ‘Dash & Miller and Bristol Weaving Mill’ in Bristol.


September 2018 - February 2019

Studio Assistant., Margo Selby, Whitstable.

March 2019 - April 2019

Menswear Design Intern., Next, Leicester.

May 2019 - June 2019

Studio Intern., Harlequin, Style Libary, Loughborough.