Graduate Showcase 2018/2019

Kerry Napier

Kerry NapierKerry Napier is a passionate mixed media textiles artist with an experimental style, innovative nature and enthusiasm for strong, vivid colour. This has allowed her to create bold textile samples for high end fashion using a combination of digital embroidery, freehand Irish machine embroidery and hand embroidery techniques.

Kerry Napier's WorkHer interest in textiles began during A-Levels, which then progressed onto a Foundation Diploma which really confirmed her enthusiasm for textiles. She then studied a foundation degree in Printed and Constructed Textiles at Newcastle college. This led to a BA Hons in Textiles Design at De Montfort University in Leicester where she discovered her main passion was for embroidery and embellishment. During her time at De Montfort she became very experimental with stitch as well as enjoying taking risks and challenging the norm when designing, something that tutors and technicians really encouraged.

Kerry Napier embroideryKerry graduated from De Montfort University in 2018 with a First Class BA Hons Textiles Design Degree specialising in Mixed Media. She has gained experience from varied textiles placements including Jenny King Embroidery, Next Ltd, Whiston and Wright and Skinny Dip London. Throughout her studies she won The Clotheworkers Award for innovative combination of textiles processes at Bradford Textiles Society. As well as receiving 1st Place in a University Award associated with The Worshipful Company of Dyers for her effective use of colour and dying.

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Suzanne Redois

Suzanne RedoisSummary of work and concept

I love New York. It may seem stereotypical to say, but I do.

In 1986, Jean Baudrillard said in his travel diary that “As soon as you set foot in America, you feel the presence of an entire continent”. This statement embodies the way I feel about New York City. So many different communities have travelled there to make a new home therefore creating a beautiful patchwork of people.
Inspired by the work of street photographers Dan Lin, Bruce Davidson, Scott Schuman, Tommy Ton and Brandon Stanton, my aim was here to design an innovative collection of samples for a high end womenswear collection (Spring/Summer 2019) whilst illustrating this idea of societal performance and streetstyle. I wanted to focus on these overlooked roles that play such an important part in everyday New York. Mixing plastics and various weights of fabrics was key to emphasise on this notion of diversity in New York City..
Bringing together the street and the glittery sides of New York was a main feature in my concept, as it is a city of “jungle toughness, but also sophistication, glamour, chic, wit”. (Burgess 1973)

Work by Suzanne RedoisHow I started in textiles and how I developed interest and skills

Having always been interested in drawing, painting and anything to do with Applied Arts, I think being able to express this creativity on fabric was very exciting to me. Being able to put on fabric what was once on paper felt to me like I was bringing my work to life. In a world where fast fashion and programmed obsolescence have taken over, using hand embroidery to add longevity and emotional durability to a garment is something really important to me.

Keeping alive century-old techniques such as gold work and tambour beading are essential to help move forwards and reinvent embroidery. The idea of mixing old techniques and contemporary materials in order to make something beautiful to be kept forever is what drives me every day as an individual to create.

Suzanne Redois - work close upCourse and College

Following three years of studies in textile design at La Martinière Diderot in Lyon, France, one of the three finest French schools in the field of textiles, I graduated with a BTS Design Textile in June 2016. I then studied at Nottingham Trent University for a BA (hons) in Textile Design and graduated in June 2018. Both schools, with very distinct yet complimentary education systems, have helped me develop my creativity and accumulate an in depth knowledge of print and embroidery as well as a wide ranging love of design.

Fay Jones

Fay JonesSummary of work

My current collection of work, which was part of my final project for my degree, has helped me to understand my identity as an artist/designer maker. I intend to explore further the ideas and materials used in this project in my future professional practice.

The rich textile heritage of Lancashire informed the development of this project based on Victorian cotton mills. By abstracting shapes found within the machinery, I have created a body of work combining mixed media techniques. I have taken inspiration from the machinery and translated it into contemporary textile pieces using laser cut wood and hand stitch. The pieces I displayed at my degree show and New Designers are the beginnings of my professional practice. I intend to develop the techniques used to produce a range of wall hangings, framed and unframed. I am currently working on a collection of free standing 3D sculptures using the same materials used in this project.

Fay Jones' Textile DesignHow I started in textiles

As a stay at home mum for many years, my love of sewing naturally progressed into a small cottage industry which later developed into specialising in machine embroidery. Always keen to develop my skills and after several years, it became apparent I lacked design knowledge and creative identity to further grow my business. In 2014 I closed my business and began to study at the University of Central Lancashire. Completing a one-year art and design course at foundation level and then a BA (Hons) in Textile. Not only did I develop my textile skills I now have strong design knowledge and a creative identity I can be proud of.

Fay Jones' work closeupUniversity of Central Lancashire (UCLAN)

Not only did my time at UCLAN provide me with the skills and knowledge to further my career, it helped me develop my own identity as a designer/maker. The support from tutors is always readily available and students are encouraged to try new techniques and push boundaries. The textile department at UCLAN is relatively small, which I believe benefited my learning experience. Sharing workspace with all year groups creates a very close-knit community where support and encouragement are always on hand if needed.

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I welcome any questions from junior embroiderer’s and textile artists.

Emma Wilkinson

Emma WilkinsonSummary of work:

Edinburgh sets the scene for my graduate collection. A decaying yet progressive city where we lead modern lives surrounded by iconic landmarks from Scottish history. My collection tells a story - one that considers both physical and metaphorical decay, rebuilding and finally a new structure moving forward, issues we have all experienced in some way. I take inspiration from what has been damaged and turn this negative into a beautifully encrusted piece of work that I interpret as high fashion. Beading and goldwork feature heavily in my work - always a nod to tradition but with contemporary thinking pushing colour and texture into new directions. I hope to keep pushing this collection into new realms as I leave university and enter a new stage in my life, to keep telling this story and producing work that respects and challenges tradition while always being what I perceive as beautiful.

Emma's beadworkPersonal:

I didn't ever expect to end up where I am now. I left school and pursued a law degree as I never knew a career in this field was even a remote possibility! It wasn't until I tragically lost a friend and came to terms with the fragility of life that I had witnessed, that I had to really be honest with myself and choose a life that I would be happy with. As a result of this I found my creativity again, and found textiles and eventually embroidery specifically were what I wanted to spend my life doing. I don't ever regret this decision! I created a portfolio at Edinburgh College, studying an HND which opened my eyes to the wealth of possibilities within textiles, I cannot praise the HND course and staff at Edinburgh College enough, they were whole heartedly encouraging and opened my eyes to my own potential and the possibilities within textiles out there.
I continued my studies at Edinburgh College of Art at the University of Edinburgh where I was allowed to deeply explore my own opinion as a designer and grow a great deal in that respect, while also gaining the confidence to really challenge the criticism and perceptions of others and stick up for my own! It was my internship at Hand and Lock that sealed my direction. To be a small part of, what I believe is, the most wonderful little studio in the world doing the biggest and most amazing things, was wonderful. The H&L team nurtured my skill and have been exceptionally supportive of my work since.

GlengarryEdinburgh College of Art

Edinburgh College of Art was the uni I wanted to get into above all others I applied to - in hindsight I think this was largely because I love my home town and was lucky to have an art school with a good reputation on my door step. Small class sizes allow the staff and students to all invest a great deal of time in each other. As with any creative degree, it is what YOU yourself make it off your own back. I fought my corner when criticised, I gave up my holidays and weekends to pursue further learning and opportunities beyond uni projects and I think this really helped my achieve a body of work by the time I graduated that I am extremely proud of still!

I would be more than happy to accept questions from others - they are free to email me at or via instagram direct messenger

Jessie Dickinson

Jessie DickinsonA summary of my work and designs

My third year projects, and ongoing work, are first and foremost inspired by technique. I am interested in combinations of textures, particularly mixing digital embroidery and hand embroidery. Creating contrasts in finishes using matt threads, metallics, glow in the dark, and interweaving glass beads, bugle beads, crystal beads, and more. I discovered one of my favourite combinations was shiny beads and sequins on a matt linen fabric, because the overall look is a very unexpected one. As for subject matter, I find architecture, structure and botany as my biggest sources of contextual inspiration.

Jessie at workHow did I start in textiles and develop my interests and skills

At GCSE, I took Technology Textiles, and I deeply regretted not taking Product Design at the time! The subject didn’t allow me much scope for exploring my own ideas, it seemed very rigid and focused on only a few machine stitches, but seeing the work the A Level students were doing kept me going with it. At A Level it became Art Textiles, we were given a subject to research and some artists to review to get us started, and from there it was much more self-led. It was much more enjoyable, more stitches were introduced, both machine and by hand, we had access to a needle felting machine, a scrap fabric cupboard, a drawer of coloured cotton threads, and access to the art room whenever we wanted to work. When picking universities, it was an easy decision to pick a textile course.

Jessie's workAny encouragement you can give about your course and uni

Falmouth was the first university that popped up when I searched for ‘Textile Design’, and was the only one that was sunny when I went to an open day! Not that that should sway anyone when picking a uni, but with hindsight it’s quite amusing. My favourite thing about Falmouth’s Texile Design BA was the range of choice. In first year you experiment in Print, Weave and Mixed Media, getting training on a number of different machines and meeting all the tutors, then in second year you specialise in one. Despite picking a specialism, you can still dabble in other skills. The technicians are friendly, helpful and incredibly knowledgeable, and the tutors are skilled, professional and enthusiastic. The uni library has an amazing collection of books and they have magazine subscriptions to multiple publications, as well as an embroidery archive. The facilities are also a winning factor, with an open plan building with a number of courses sharing the space, which allows for collaboration, socialising and inspiration. I 100% recommend Falmouth as I thoroughly enjoyed my time there.

My instagram and email Happy to be contacted from fellow artists? Yes!

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