Welcome to my website!
I’m Kirsty & I’m a self-employed mixed media textile 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 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 mainly embroidery & print based, making everything from stitched cushions & bags, to printed cards & coasters. 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. This allows me to translate my research into designs through embellishment, print, or fabric construction. To create my stitch based products, I combine the use of digital embroidery technology with traditional hand embroidery and beading techniques. 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)