Artist-designed knitwear to warm the heart

A John Smedley collection of merino-wool garments and accessories designed by award-winning artists will help fund Intoart’s programmes for people with learning disabilities

From left: Ntiense Eno Amooquaye merino-wool Lip Talking shawl, £280. Looking at the Stars merino-wool crewneck jumper, £220
From left: Ntiense Eno Amooquaye merino-wool Lip Talking shawl, £280. Looking at the Stars merino-wool crewneck jumper, £220 | Image: Takahito Sasaki

For Christmas, British knitwear specialist John Smedley has collaborated with the charity Intoart to create a charming capsule collection in merino wool. Intoart was formed in 2001 as a south London art collective to provide opportunities for people with learning disabilities to build careers in the world of the arts, from illustration to fashion, ceramics, product and graphic design. Working with award-winning designer Holly Fulton and illustrator James Lambert, three of its 21 artists – Ntiense Eno Amooquaye, Yoshiko Phillips and Andre Williams – have produced striking designs, which include unisex jumpers (from £220), woollen dresses (from £267), a scarf (£198) and a shawl (£280). Thirty per cent of proceeds will support Intoart’s art education programmes and projects for people with disabilities.

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