Alex is an award-winning bespoke Hand Embroidery practitioner for fashion, costume and textile art. Originally from the Lake District, Alex made the move to London when she started her training at the Royal School of Needlework. She specializes in the historic and prestigious Goldwork technique to showcase the fine art of embroidery whilst also ensuring the timeless craft is not lost. She has a passion for creating pattern through colour and texture by the updating and reinventing of traditional embroidery skills with the exploration of unconventional materials. She enjoys looking to the past for creative insight and understanding traditions to inform new creations with a contemporary quality.
‘Metamorphic’, her current collection is a series of textile art pieces employing Goldwork embroidery and applique techniques with a contemporary flare. Inspired by a trip to Cyprus; she visited the Roman ruins of Ancient Kourion where the shapes and arrangements of rocks which formed a once Roman settlement captured her attention. She was fascinated by the organic and non-uniform nature of the crumbling constructions. Alex used a mixture of hand dyed silk velvets and repurposed Saris to add pattern and build a variety of textures within the pieces.
Alex graduated from the Royal School of Needlework in 2018 with a First-Class BA(Hons) in Hand Embroidery for Fashion, Interiors, Textile Art and more recently graduated from the University of Leeds with an MSc in Textiles in 2020. Her awards include first place in the Student Textile Art category at the Hand & Lock ‘Prize for Embroidery’ and the Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers’ award for Goldwork Embroidery. Since Graduating she has worked for Ralph & Russo, a London based Haute Couture fashion house and the Embroidery Designer Cathryn Avison on costumes for Disney’s 2020 Mulan film.