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CURRICULUMN VITAE

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. 

Relevant Experience

2023-Current

Tamara Ralph

Freelance Senior Hand Embroiderer.

Embroidery for their Haute Couture SS24 Collection.

2023

2022-2023

2020-2021

2018-2019

2018

2017-2018

2017

2016

Goldwork Embroidery Tutor

Creation and delivery of a 4-part Goldwork course.

Cathryn Avison

Goldwork & Hand Embroidery for Upcoming Films & TV Series. Including HBO's The Regime, Universal Pictures' Wicked and HBO's House of the Dragon (Season 2).

Ralph and Russo 

Freelance Hand Embroiderer.

Ralph and Russo 

Full-Time Hand Embroiderer Working in the Haute Couture Embroidery Finishing Team.

Embroidery for their Haute Couture AW19/20, SS19 & AW18/19 Collections.

Cathryn Avison

Goldwork Embroidery for Disney's Mulan (2020).

M Industry London

Internship, Hand & Machine Embroidery Assistant.

Alexander McQueen 

Hand Embroidery for their AW17 Pre-Collection.

Zandra Rhodes

Finishing of Garments for Private Clients.

Game of Thrones

Collaborative Hand Embroidery &  Mixed Media.

Large Installation to Mark the Release of Season 6.

Hussein Chalayan

Hand Embroidery for their RTW AW16 Collection.

Exhibitions 

2023

Treasures of Gold and Silver Wyre

The Guildhall Art Gallery (London)

2022 

Drawn and Formed

The Goldsmith’s Centre (London)

150 Years of the Royal School of Needlework: Crown to Catwalk

The Fashion and Textile Museum (London)

2021

Emma Hunt’s Summer Exhibition of Cumbrian Creatives

The Rum Story (Whitehaven)

2018

Hand & Lock: The Prize

Bishopsgate Institute (London)

New Designers

Business Design Centre (London)

RSN Degree Show

Hampton Court Palace (Surrey)

2017

Knitting & Stitching Show

Alexandra Palace (London), Harrogate and Ireland

Off the Surface

Devon of Guild Craftsmen (Bovey Tracey)

2016

Knitting & Stitching Show

Kensington Olympia (London)

Awards/Competitions

2020

2018

Emerge Competition
(Carlisle Hope Festival), Shortlisted.

Gold & Silver Wyre Drawers Award
Best Goldwork Embroidery in the Hand & Lock The Prize Competition.

Hand & Lock The Prize
1st Place Winner in the Student Textile Art Category.

Make International Award
(New Designers), Accommodation.

'Best Metal Thread Embroidery' 
Awarded by the RSN, Sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers. 

'Dissertation Award' 
Awarded by the RSN Sponsored by The Arts Society (Greater London).

2017

'Best Technical Stitch' 
Awarded by the RSN Sponsored by The Worshipful Company of Needlemakers.

2016

'Most Promising First Year' 
Awarded by the RSN, Sponsored by Friends of the RSN.

Education &
Professional Training 

2020

University of Leeds

MSc Textiles, Pass with Distinction.

2015-2018

Royal School of Needlework

BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery for Fashion, Interiors, Textile Art, 1st Class

2008-2015

Cockermouth School

A levels: A in Maths and Chemistry, B in Art

AS levels: A in Maths and Chemistry, B in Art and Geography

GCSEs: 4 A*s, 7As, 1B and 2 Distinctions 

2013-2014

LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts)

Grade 5 and 4: Distinction in Solo Acting 

2013

Central Saint Martins

Short Course in Fashion Design 

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