Skip navigation

Ruth Chapman



Textures are a key focal point for designer Ruth Chapman, who as well as taking an interest in hand sewing and embellishment techniques, likes to create new textures within her pieces.

Ruth enjoys the drawing and researching part of the design process and has a passion for photographing obscure textures or objects she spots while out and about; using the photos as sources of inspiration for a new print before trying different medias and mark-marking techniques to attempt to capture it within the garment.

For her final year menswear collection, Ruth, from Northallerton in North Yorkshire, has taken inspiration from a hunter vs prey concept. She has focused on the iridescence of the feathers of birds and fish scales, looking at how they can be used as a defence mechanism to temporarily blind predators. This has inspired the different prints and textures which feature in her collection, with the garments also taking influence from the hunters and fishermen that hunt these creatures.

Before her studies at University, Ruth made it to the final of the Young Designer of the Year Award at the Clothes Show Live event in 2013. She also completed a placement at Suzie Turner during her further education studies; being offered a role to stay working with the company for the remainder of her placement year after completing her initial three-month placement.


a sign in front of a crowd

Northumbria Open Days

Open Days are a great way for you to get a feel of the University, the city of Newcastle upon Tyne and the course(s) you are interested in.

a person sitting at a table using a laptop
NU World Virtual Tours

Virtual Tour

Get an insight into life at Northumbria at the click of a button! Come and explore our videos and 360 panoramas to immerse yourself in our campuses and get a feel for what it is like studying here using our interactive virtual tour.

Latest News and Features

THE Impact rankings
Architecture Apprenticeship Handbook cover
Pictured from left to right are Northumbria University academics Dr Qiang Wu, Dr Juna Sathian, Professor Zabih Ghassemlooy, Dr Yongtao Qu and Dr Xicong Li.
Insights North East
gettyimages/Kobus Louw
Felicia Gottman
Summer 2024 Newspaper
Professor Greta Defeyter and school holiday club participants
More events

Upcoming events

Towards Relational Public Services Conference 2024
Advanced Clinical Practice: Addressing the challenges in Primary Care
Immunology North East Symposium - 18th June 2024

Back to top