TextileStories: Jessica Pile
Updated: Apr 10
Starting out as a creative soul unsure of which path to take in life, after completing her very hands-on studies in costume design at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, an internship at the prestigious Hand & Lock embroidery workshop in 2010 led to a successful and fascinating career within the company, becoming Production Director in 2014.
This week had an interesting chat about her journey into the exquisite world of fashion embroidery, some of the amazing projects she has worked on, her wonderful book which came out last year “Fashion Embroidery: Embroidery Techniques and Inspiration for Haute-Couture Clothing” and some behind-the-scenes insights into the workings of the couture embroidery industry.
We also talked about Hand & Lock’s prestigious annual embroidery prize and how it really seeks to foster talent within the industry and assist embroiderers who wish to pursue a professional career with their craft. It was inspiring to hear how they are promoting excellence in the craft of embroidery in such a tangible and supportive way, and if YOU love to embroider and would be interested in entering the 2019 edition you have until the end of March to register and you can see other key dates for the prize via the link below.
You can tune in to listen with a slideshow on YouTube here:
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To read more about Jessica and Hand & Lock go to: https://handembroidery.com
For a list of key dates for the Hand & Lock Embroidery Prize see: https://handembroidery.com/the-prize/dates-diary-prize-2019/
You can also follow Hand & Lock on Instagram @ handandlocklondon