My interest in textiles and hand made goodies came from early childhood thanks to my mum and grandmothers putting up with the mess I made. I was encouraged at school by a fantastic textiles teacher and continued to study for my BA Hons in costume design and interpreation at the London College of Fashion. Whilst there almost every costume I made and designed had some form of embellishment on it and I took all the chances for embroidery, beaded and other textural modules.
I decided to specialise when I graduated to make myself more employable, and embarked upon a three year apprenticeship at the Royal School of Needlework. The three years taught me all the traditional hand embroidery methods, design and planning for projects and conservation and restoration skills.
As a recent graduate I am still working for the Royal School of Needlework part time and using my other hours to run my own small business taking private commissions, building a range of personalised items to sell, teaching and travelling around exhibitions to keep the art of hand embroidery alive in a machine mad culture.
Hand Embroidery, Textiles
Embroidery, machine work, costume design and construction, textile conservation