Poppy completed her BA (Hons) fashion degree at Northumbria University. She then went on to complete her MA in fashion at the Royal College of Art and was awarded the Laura Ashley Scholarship in 2010. Upon graduating, Poppy lived and worked in Italy designing for international brand Alberta Ferretti, specializing in embroidery. Poppy has also designed for other luxury brands, such as Erdem & Tom Ford in London.
In 2016 she began teaching on the Fashion course at Manchester School of Art as an associate lecturer, alongside working on various international freelance projects. Poppy brought the discipline and passion of her professional practice to students at Manchester School of Art, joining the BA programme full time in March 2017. Poppy's roles on the fashion programme include year tutor for first-year students alongside Kiran Gobin.
Poppy continues to practice textiles, embroidery, and ceramics for her lifestyle brand, MIRLO Made in England.
Poppy's research recently involved working with textile & clothing archives from the Gawthorpe Hall Textiles Collection. The project 'Strands of Place and Time' investigated artifacts from various geographical locations donated to Rachel Shuttleworth, celebrating Rachel Shuttleworth as maker, teacher, collector, philanthropist, and social activist.
The series of artifacts produced took an interdisciplinary approach, in the areas of textiles and ceramics. The pieces exhibited formed part of a collective exhibition last July at Gawthorpe Hall, a National Trust Elizabethan country house on the banks of the River Calder. The exhibition was also included in the British Textile Biennial 2019.
Projects and initiatives
Ceramic Series - Manchester House
Commissioned by Manchester House and head chef Nathaniel Tofan, to design a bespoke series of artisan ceramics. To enhance the sensory and aesthetic experience, the ceramics were designed with the same attention to detail as to the food that is placed upon it. The aim is to create a deeper connection with the food itself and the experience of fine dining. The ceramics embrace various sculptural shapes, that were all hand built using unique glaze techniques.
Ceramic Series - Skosh
Commissioned by Skosh, an independent prestigious restaurant, to design and make a series of artisan hand-built ceramics. Following Poppy's brand philosophy and affection for craftsmanship, the series aims to enhance the sensory and aesthetic experience of fine dining and connection to food.
Poppy Cartwright, PC., 2013. 'Tom Ford Collection', 7 Howick Place London SW1P 1BB.
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