Jeanette Sloan is a Black British designer who has studied Textile Design to degree and Masters level gaining BA (Hons) and Mdes degrees both specialising in knitted textiles. Since first starting to work with fibre in 1990 she has worked in higher education both as tutor and technician, designed and produced collections of accessories under her own label and designed for several brands including Erika Knight. She’s written four books on hand knitting and her designs have appeared in several UK knitting publications including The Knitter and Knitting where she she’s been a contributor for over 10 years. November 2019 saw the publication of her article ‘Black People Do Knit’ which discussed the lack of representation for black, indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC) in the fibre community. Since then she’s worked to highlight the work of BIPOC through both her own Instagram feed and more recently through the BIPOC in Fiber initiative. Having previously attended Unravel as both speaker and vendor she was delighted when invited to be on the selection panel seeing it as a positive way to help make the festival more diverse and therefore even more welcome and inclusive.
At unravel Jeanette will be teaching: