An embroidery artist originally from Whitby has won the prestigious 2018 Embroiderer’s Guild Scholarship award.
Former Caedmon College Whitby student Jessica Grady’s award includes a £1,000 bursary and a gallery space with the
Guild at the Knitting and Stitching shows in London, Dublin and Harrogate this autumn.
The award is given to one textile practitioner under 30 every year and is decided by the Embroiderer’s Guild.
The scholarship is awarded to someone who shows a passion and skill for embroidery, and assists them in furthering their artistic practice and launching their textiles career.
She said: “All applicants to the scholarship award have to create a detailed breakdown of their self-designed scholarship proposal, alongside a body of work that they hope to produce. It is a highly competitive award, so it is a fantastic success to be chosen as the winner.”
Jessica works from her home studio in Castleford. Her embroidery work is an explosion of colour and texture, with a key element to her practice being recycling unusual and mixed media materials such as electric cables, food packaging and washers.
She transforms these materials into brightly coloured embellishments through printing, dyeing and painting processes, and then meticulously hand stitches each element onto fabric. Jessica’s work is inspired by colour and shapes, particularly from zoomed in views of surface textures such as barnacles, rust and peeling paint.
Her textiles are all hand stitched and one piece can take hundreds of hours to complete.