The sci-fi inspired sweater I embroidered is off to Paris. Steven Tai, the fashion designer that I collaborated with, is one of 10 ANDAM finalists and will be taking the sweater, with other selected pieces he has designed to take part in the final next week
The ANDAM Fashion Prize, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, offers designers a 250,000 Euro prize, a yearlong business mentorship courtesy of Kering’s François-Henri Pinault, and 10,000 Euros of Swarovski crystals.
“I am very honored to be a part of this years final. The ANDAM Award is the most globally recognised support for designers over the last 25 years. I am incredibly excited (and a bit nervous too!) to present my work to the jury,” offered Steven Tai.
I am excited for Steven and wish him every success. On its return to the UK it will be on display for the first time in Shropshire at the Willow Gallery in Oswestry. I will post more information nearer to the date
This is me in the medal winning garden Un Garreg meaning one stone, designed and built by Harry and David Rich of Rich Landscapes, a family run business based in the Brecon Beacons. This is their first time at Chelsea and they have won a gold. They have commissioned me to embroider a picture of their show garden to celebrate their success
The embroidered sweater on the catwalk in Toronto in March 2013. Steven’s collection gains critical acclaim and he is now preparing for the Hyeres Festival in April when the sweater and the rest of the collection will have another outing
I embroidered a second sweater for Steven. He sent me a print of a section my original embroidery, I stitched the 2 girls and he added silcone mountains.
I have completed the embroidery for Steven and delivered it to his London studio. Safe to say he was delighted with the finished piece. It was made up into a jumper and taken to Paris with the rest of the collection for buyers and the press to see. Steven has now taken it to Toronto for a catwalk show, which is a great opportunity. This is the largest and most complex embroidery I have ever undertaken. It has been a brilliant opportunity to work with the fashion industry. Aurifil Threads in Italy sponsored the project with their cotton and wool threads in a range of weights in over 60 colours. A big thank you to them for their support
I am busy making stitch samples, testing threads and fabrics of different weights for the collaboration with Steven Tai. A selection of cottons have arrived from Aurifil, they are beautiful threads to work with, I am enjoying all the experimenting.
I have recently been asked by fashion designer Steven Tai to collaborate with him on the signature piece for his AW 13 collection. Steven, a graduate from Central St Martins has worked with Stella McCartney and earlier this year was invited by Mercedes Benz and ELLE Germany to present a SS 13 collection at Berlin Fashion Week
The embroidered image we are working on together will be featured in the next Hyeres festival in April 2013. This is an exciting departure for me and a creative challenge, its really interesting to discuss threads, fabrics and stitch samples with someone as creative as Steven. I will post the final embroidery when we have completed it