The Embroiderers’ Guild of Western Australia is inviting everyone to this year’s Rusty Walkley lecture titled Preserving the Past and Creating the Future: The Work of a Professional Embroiderer. To be presented by award-winning professional embroiderer Jenny Adin-Christie, this special event will be held on Saturday, 15 July at 2:00 PM at the Alexander Library at Perth Cultural Centre.
Ms. Adin-Christie will give insight into her work as a professional embroiderer and how her passion for needle craft turned into a broad range of skills that allowed her to gain prominence amongst historians, collectors, fashion designers, and embroiderers’ guilds both in the UK and abroad.
Jenny is originally from Derbyshire, England, and has been practicing her love of embroidery since childhood. Following an intensive training with the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace, she graduated with distinction in 1999 and won the school’s prize for her work on silk shading and Coronation Goldwork. She remained in the school’s teaching staff for 10 years as a member of the teaching team and commercial Studio staff, eventually becoming Assistant Head of Studio.
After embarking on a freelance career in 2008, she built an impressive portfolio of work, including designing and creating new All Seasons and Lenten Altar Frontals for Canterbury Cathedral; creating the new pelmet and curtains for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; working the Sovereign’s Jubilee Woolsack for the Royal Hospital Chelsea, and working embroidered monograms for the cover of Sir Paul McCartney’s classical album “Ecce Cor Meum”.
One of her more prominent contributions in the field of embroidery is her work as a member of the Royal School of Needlework’s team commissioned to create the applied lace panels for the Duchess of Cambridge’s royal wedding dress, and working on a monogrammed cashmere babygro as a personal gift from renowned fashion designer Sarah Burton to Prince George.
Ms Adin-Christie has been a regular presenter within the Australian embroidery community, most notable of which is the annual Beating the Bush embroidery and craft fair in Adelaide. The lectures she has delivered covered stories behind the broad range of commissions that she has been privileged to be part of, such as the conservation and restoration of antique textiles and production of new works of art, and more recently, royal fashion.
Entry tickets to the event are $15 for members of the Embroiderers’ Guild of WA and $20 for the general public. Tickets include afternoon tea. To reserve seats, please call (08) 9330 3065 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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