Heather Orr - The Open College of the Arts

Heather Orr

Based in Folkestone’s Creative Quarter in Kent, South-East England, Heather specialises in macramé, crochet and knitted textiles. Driven by a passion for craftsmanship and process, Heather’s diverse textiles combine her fascination with materials and making with an experimental edge.

Our Heather Orr Home collections aim to incorporate traditional processes with a contemporary aesthetic, suitable for commercial or residential interiors, each piece is made by hand with bespoke and custom options always available, Heather will be showcasing her latest collection at London Design Fair in September 2019.

Heathers specific interests lie in the link between making, health and wellbeing. A desire to inspire others through teaching has led to a range of exciting workshops for students and creatives in partnership with others. Recent workshop hosts include Spotify Design, The V&A, Babington House and Kings College Hospital as well as numerous educational institutions.

After graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2009 with an MA in Knitted Textiles, Heather went on to collaborate with Fashion Designer and fellow RCA graduate, Jane Bowler. Heather works closely with Jane, creating innovative pieces, which incorporate her tactile fabrics and processes with the brands’ trademark materials and diverse design aesthetic. The duo also run a series of experimental workshops in the settings of Jane’s East London studio, sharing their passion for unconventional materials and experimental processes.

Heather’s academic career spans across the disciplines of Fashion and Textiles, working across a range of levels. Heather recently gained Fellowship of the HEA and has a PgCert in Teaching & Learning in Higher Education.

As well as being an OCA Textiles tutor, Heather is currently Senior Tutor for HND Fashion at Morley College in London and works as a Creative Workshop Tutor for the University for the Creative Arts. Heather also works as a visiting tutor, delivering Masterclasses at the Royal College of Art in London.


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