Welcome to my website!
I’m Kirsty & I’m a self-employed Embroidery Artist & Designer. In 2017, I graduated from De Montfort University, Leicester, with a 1st Class (Hons) Degree in Textile Design. Before becoming a Designer Maker, I designed footwear, slippers & soft toys for high street retailers, including: F&F for Tesco, George for Asda, House of Fraser, Ted Baker for Debenhams & Next.
I have a passion for drawing, embellishment and colour, and love to translate the beautiful things that I see in this world into unique and special works of art. My work is embroidery based, and love making unique cushions & wall art to give people’s homes a special handmade touch. I am inspired by artists, brands and designers that have a strong sense of imagery in their work, including Zoffany, Karen Nicol and Nina Campbell. I want to create a similar essence of beauty in my designs through the use of drawing and pattern making.
Throughout my work, I aim to push techniques to the limit, and keep developing my skills. I combine the use of digital embroidery technology with hand embroidery and beading techniques to mix the contemporary with the traditional & create something unique. Within my work I love to experiment, and generate new ways of using stitch, imagery and structure, to create contemporary fabrics and products.
Awards & Competitions
Hand & Lock Embroidery Prize – Finalist (2017)
i-dott Wallpaper Design Competition – 2 Shortlisted Designs (2017)
Worshipful Company of Dyers – 1st Prize (2017)
Daisy Pugh Award for Dedication & Studentship – De Montfort University (2017)
Highest Achieving Level 6 Student in Textile Design – De Montfort University (2017)
Christopherson Collection Winner – De Montfort University (2017)
New Designers Exhibitor (2017)
Society of Dyers & Colourists – Midlands Regional Heat, 2nd Prize (2017)
Charnwood Decorative & Fine Arts Society Award – 1st Prize (2013)
Leicester Mercury Young Achievers Award – Runner Up (2013)