Ingrid Walker’s Story
My passion for creativity, art and design is now expressing itself through my knitwear company, a social enterprise designed to make and sell artisan products and provide a meaningful occupation for people with mental health challenges.
Having been through difficult and very challenging years in and out of Mental Health hospital I realized there was a gap in society for people like myself who needed a mindful employer and a solid direction, a well trodden path back into society. A route to success in health and work by learning from those with experience.
I qualified in Textile design specialising in Knit at Winchester School of Art. And then after a wobble in my mental health I wanted to learn more about my condition and studied Mental Health Nursing at Southampton and completed an advanced diploma in nursing mental health. Since then I have only grown in knowledge regarding mental wellbeing and feel like I have a great deal to offer other people that have been patients. When a Social Enterprise profits society profits.
I design and make knitwear and accessories using high quality British wool and cotton. The accessories we sell are setting a trend for wearable designer/artisan products.
Ingrid’s range include scarves, ‘Bereeney’ Hats, and ‘Ingrids’ (unique finger-less gloves) for men and women.