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Birdsong - An emerging clothing brand

Birdsong Embroidered Dress Birdsong Embroidered Sweater
Birdsong Embroidered Dress Birdsong Embroidered Sweater

Birdsong is an emerging brand for clothing made by women facing barriers to employment. No sweatshops, no photoshop. From migrant seamstresses to knitting grannies, we pair these skills with contemporary design, creating wearable pieces with a mind to the future. We have a host of talented knitters, seamstresses, pattern cutters and embroiderers who earn a living wage for the pieces they make, helping them stand on their own two feet. See our website for more information and our shop.


Cockpit Arts - subsidised Studio space

We are looking for talented makers to join our Cockpit Arts community:

  • The Cockpit Arts / The Arts Society Award - This Award supports a maker practicing a traditional craft that requires skills at risk of dying out.
  • The Cockpit Arts / Clear Insurance Award - This Award which specifically aims to support professional makers who have been in business for less than three years and have aspirations to develop their craft business.
  • The Cockpit Arts / Haberdashers’ Awards - The Awards aim to assist makers working in knit to set up in business by providing studio space and business support provided by Cockpit Arts.
  • The Cockpit Arts / Leathersellers’ Award - These prestigious Awards are intended for talented makers who are seeking business development support to take their creative business to the next level.

Please see our website, www.cockpitarts.com, the Calls for Entries which offer more detail and for the relevant closing dates. Contact sandie@cockpitarts.com for further information and application forms.

Winners of the Hand & Lock Prize 2018

Hand & LockOn the Thursday 2nd November, for the fourth consecutive year the historic Bishopsgate Institute hosted the Hand & Lock Prizegiving. The embroidery competition now, in it’s 18th year, was established to help shine a light on emerging embroidery talent. In 2017 Hand & Lock celebrated their 250th anniversary and that was reflected in the brief issued earlier in the year.

The 2017 brief was written by Polly Kenny, the Programme Director Materials at the London College of Fashion. Entrants were asked to ‘celebrate, let go, to let loose and indulge in childlike freedom, to celebrate history, global culture, sense of place, sense of identity, and to celebrate embroidery and life’.

The finalist’s 32 submissions were carefully exhibited in Bishopsgate Institute’s spectacular Great Hall. Interior design embroidery was presented alongside contemporary art, fashion and accessories.

Guests arrived from 6.30 and were greeted with champagne, voting slips and a bag of goodies which included treats from Bear Nibbles and the Gourmet Candy Company. Voting ended at 7.45 and the judges scores were combined with the public vote. After scores were checked and double checked, production Director Jessica Pile took to the stage to announce the winners.

The winner of the Hand Embroidery Textile Art Award, Worshipful Company of Gold & Silver Wyre Drawers Award and the Chairman's Award, Elena Thornton, is also one of the Embroiderers' Guild Scholars for 2017/2018

Hand Embroidery – Fashion – Student Category
1st Prize: Stav Ofman
2nd Prize: Claire Edwards
3rd Prize: Katie Buckland

Hand Embroidery – Textile Art – Student Category
1st Prize: Elena Thornton
2nd Prize: Paloma Alarcon
3rd Prize: Shonaegh Cochlan

Hand Embroidery – Fashion – Open Category
1st Prize: Ami Waring
2nd Prize: Ali Rauf
3rd Prize: Hannah Mansfield

Hand Embroidery – Textile Art – Open Category
1st Prize: Ada Zhang
2nd Prize: Sally Wilson
3rd Prize: Charis Kibble

Wilcom Digital Embroidery – Fashion
Kayleigh Mace

Wilcom Digital Embroidery – Textile Art
Raychel Murphy

Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers Award
Elena Thornton

Gilda Baron Award
Carmen Manzano

Chairman’s Award
Elena Thornton

Find out more about the 2017 Prize winners and the brief for the 2018 competition at http://handembroidery.com/the-prize/

The Sunbury Embroidery Gallery

The award-winning Sunbury Embroidery Gallery is situated in an historic 18th century Walled Garden, surrounded by parkland and a short walk from the River Thames in Lower Sunbury.

The Gallery is home to The Millenium Embroidery, which is on permanent display, and has an exhibition programme that showcases a wide variety of art from different disciplines throughout the year. It provides a valuable community and educational resource, developing a broader understanding of the local area and arts in general.

Our Café overlooks the splendid Walled Garden and is perfect place for a light lunch or an afternoon tea. The Café hand bakes all its wonderful cakes, the difficulty is choosing which one to have!

The Gallery shop stocks a selection of gifts and mementos to buy including wooden puzzles and childrens' canvas colouring bags.

The Sunbury Millennium Embroidery is a permanent, commemorative record which celebrates the ancient riverside village of Sunbury-on-Thames and its community. In essence the idea was to create something that was expressive of a community in the year 2000 and include as many people as possible in its creation. Designed by John Stamp from an original idea by David Brown the embroidery involvde over 140 people in its making.

The Embroidery is composed of a number of separate parts, including a Village Panel,local scenes, and embroideries of birds, plants and wildlife.

The Embroidery is on display all year round at its purpose-built gallery

The Sunbury Embroidery Gallery, The Walled Garden, Thames Street, Sunbury on Thames, Middx TW16 6AB.

Opening times and further information plus other events taking place at the gallery are available from their website www.sunburyembroidery.org.uk

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