Name: Nyaradzo Mugarisanwa
Label name: Muruki.nya
“My work tends to be personal to me and my life experiences are often interwoven into everything I create. I want to show people that knitwear is not limited to cardigans, jumpers and scarves. I work with a medium that stretches and moves in a way no other fabric can. As a knitwear designer I get to create my fabric and beautiful things from these fabrics, I'm not limited to what's in the fabric shop.” – Nyaradzo Mugarisanwa 2014
From a young age Nyaradzo Mugarisanwa has been obsessed with scissors and could be found cutting pretty dresses, house curtains and anything within her reach. For as long as she can remember she has always wanted to be designer.
During her O’levels she persued her interest in Art and took the subject as her vocational subject. When her family moved to the UK in 2002, Nyaradzo continued with Art and Design.
After she completed high school she studied a BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design specializing in textiles and fashion at DeMontfort University before moving onto studying a BA (Hons) Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles at Nottingham Trent University.
“Art allowed me freedom of expression away from the strict structured curriculum, which led me to yarn a versatile medium with no strict usage. Most of the time a cone of yarn will set my creative juices flowing it could be the smell, the feel, the look and the weight of it. I proceed to knit a fabric and listen to what is wants to become. I do not design then knit, I knit then design. I design with all my senses but mainly sight, touch and smell.”
As a designer Nyaradzo labels herself as afro-contemporary. Her label muruki.nya is a fusion of her heritage and other external influences including her family. “I am inspired by anything when I travel I capture images of the landscape, visit exhibitions and like to watch documentaries. Sometimes a person inspires me, my muse is my sister who is fashion forward and has a beautiful bone structure. Every time I make something I ask myself how she would look in it.” Favourite designers: Balmain, Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto and Ladumo Ngxokolo.