Jade Starmore is currently a graduate student in the department of Fashion and Textiles at the Glasgow School of Art. She was born and brought up on the Isle of Lewis. After leaving school she worked as a designer in both textile and print media; she designed covers for books in Scots Gaelic, and authored her own book titled A Collector’s Item: knitwear designs inspired by the Burrell Collection.
Jade is also co-founder and Creative Director of Virtual Yarns Ltd, an e-commerce company that markets knitting yarns and designs throughout the world. She designs garments and web pages for the company, and does all of its photography.
In 2011 she founded a photographic company, Towzie Tyke, which she runs from her studio in Glasgow. She specialises in fashion photography and styling, and during her time at GSA she has worked on projects which challenge the female beauty ideal of the present-day fashion industry. Towzie Tyke undertakes commercial photographic work, and has just successfully fulfilled a major commission from Dover Publications, Inc. of New York to provide photographs and artwork for a book titled Tudor Roses.
Selections from Jade’s piece The Museum of Forgotten Costume were chosen to represent the 2013 GSA Degree Show, and she has kindly given us permission to feature some of her other work throughout the ‘Crafting the Look’ conference. The header images on this website are details from her set Fearful Symmetry.