Multi Award Winner LAUREL JUDD, is a renown New Zealand knitwear designer and fibre artist working from her home studio in Taradale, Hawkes Bay.
What began for Laurel as a hobby in the seventies soon became a life long passion. No patterns necessary and with a passion for colour it wasn’t long before Laurel left the teaching profession and became a full time knitwear designer, creating special pieces for retail outlets and galleries.
Laurel’s garments are now available through her home retail studio and enquiries are most welcome.
Laurel’s enthusiasm and her teaching background led her to become a national and international Judge and Tutor in the fields of machine knitting, textile arts and design.
Proud to be New Zealand made
Laurel’s hobby and profound passion is entering Fashion and Fibre Awards, which gives her the impetus to explore new techniques and push boundaries. These attributes give her the drive to always go that little bit further in designing and creating something truly unique and special.
“most designers purchase fabric, design a garment and have it manufactured – but for me it is the total creative process as I not only design and make the garment myself but design and make the fabric as well! How lucky is that!”
Laurel just loves seeing a garment she has designed and spent months making, coming to life on the catwalk. She always creates the whole look and her entries have had considerable successes over the years.
Highlights of Laurel’s career include:
NZ WoolOn Awards 2021
Phoenix Rising 2021
Winner Avant Garde.
Chelsea Flower Show 2021
Loop de Loop 2021
Supreme Award 2nd Runner Up
World of Wearable Art
Laurel has entered World of Wearable Art three times and been a finalist on each occasion.
With over 500 entries from 44 plus countries, to make the global stage feels like I have won the ultimate prize!
Little Scrubber 2010
Lounge Lizard and his Babes 2018
Creative Fibre Awards
All Wrapped Up 2018
Glide Time 2015
Winner Contemporary Fashion Award
Henty Natural Fibre Fashion Awards – Australia
Fringe Benefits 2017
Australian Wool Fashion Awards
Supreme Winners 2013 – the first time the Award had gone out of Australia in its 35 year history.
Cut It Out
Big Bang Theory
On The Prowl 2014
Vancouver Fashion Week
Laurel was invited to show at Vancouver Fashion week with other Award winning designers from around the world.
NZ WoolOn Awards
Winner Avant Garde
Mirror Image 2018
Winner Avant Garde
Hanging Gardens 2017
Winner Special Occasion
I C Red 2010
Demi More 2006
Fashion in the Field
Avant Garde Winners