Meet the mentors
The Hand & Lock Embroidery Mentorship Programme was introduced in 2013 to provide the selected finalists an opportunity to work closely with an industry expert and develop their designs. Each finalist has a few weeks to perfect their design with expert help in the run up to the final stage of the Prize: the live judging at the Prize-giving.
Previous mentors include designers Zandra Rhodes, Ed Marler and Amy Betts, editor of Selvedge magazine Polly Leonard and textile artists Alice Kettle, Sam Roddick and Diana Springall. In previous years many finalists have gone on to forge close personal and professional relationships with their mentors; receiving career guidance as well as help and support through the Prize process.
This year’s mentors have an invaluable wealth of expert, industry knowledge and experience across fashion, textiles, art and design.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carolina Mazzolari trained as a textile artist at Chelsea College of Art. Her artistic practice started by concentrating in dyeing techniques and screen printed artworks. Following the completion of her degree in 2003, Mazzolari opened her first studio in Milan (in 2008) and worked as a Head Designer: Specialist in Textiles and Knitted Jacquard for a company in Milan.
Living and working in London since 2014, her multidisciplinary artistic practice involves all sorts of textile manipulations, printing, painting, photography, video and performance. She is inspired by psychoanalysis, intuition, cognition, human behaviour and emotional development.
Angie Wyman leads the world renowned, BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery degree at the Royal School of Needlework (RSN). This specialist hand embroidery course is taught at Hampton Court Palace in bespoke studio apartments.
Angie is both a practitioner and an academic with a career-long commitment to the promotion and practice of embroidery. Angie’s first degree was in embroidered textiles and she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Working specifically within embroidery, craft and design, Angie has nearly 30 years’ experience of working as an academic within Higher Education at Degree and Masters Level.
Angie has exhibited works internationally, with pieces held in both public and private collections and managed a number of prestigious international textile projects. These have included collaborative partnerships with the Australian National University, Canberra and Novia University of Applied Sciences, Turku, Finland, culminating in country – specific exhibitions, workshops and conferences. In 2012, Angie completed a successful residency at the Australian National University and joined the Royal School of Needlework in January 2013.
Angie has been a Panel Judge for the Embroiderers’ Guild Scholar Award and national textile competitions. Angie is currently an External Examiner for University of the Arts, London.
Rebeckah Kemi Apara is an embroidery designer and founder of Embellished Talk; a platform to explore textiles through creative workshops and interviews featuring an array of other designers. She’s run workshops during London Fashion Week, been involved in London Craft Week and has been featured on British Vogue and Time Out. Rebeckah is incredibly passionate about textiles and enjoys sharing her passion with curious minds.
Hazel McDonald is a designer and product developer of leather-goods and footwear, and has worked for many years with independent brands such as Vivienne Westwood, Lobbs, Cambridge Satchel Company, designing for a diverse range of clients from international royalty and celebrities to film puppets. She completed her degree at Cordwainers college in East London, during which time she was awarded a Distinction in Craftsmanship by the Guild of Master Craftsmen, and Leather-sellers Company Scholarship. She has a great interest in and appreciation of independence, sustainability, longevity and traditional craftsmanship.
Davida Hadden Co-Founder of Alfie Douglas, a unique business built around a family and their individual creative instincts. Having owned creative businesses for many years Davida and husband Simon have developed a brand combining traditional manufacturing techniques with modern marketing and brand design making quality leather goods in their studio in London. Her passion lies with the design and manufacturing process and to revitalise and highlight some of the skills that Britain is renowned for.
Diana Springall is one of Britain’s best known textile artists. Her 60 year career in textiles includes appointments as a panel lecturer at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and chairman of both the Embroiderers’ Guild and the Society of Designer Craftsmen. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Broderers and her work can be found in many private and public collections. Diana is heavily involved with embroidery within both education and museums/collections. She has been instrumental in promoting embroidery in the Fine Art world, and has been a teacher and mentor to a significant proportion of today’s greatest artists working in stitch, including Alice Kettle.
Studio Vanessa Barragão is a design studio focusing on the artisanal techniques and wasted yarns from the industry to produce textiles and products for interiors.
Growing up in the seaside, her connection to the ocean is the inspiration for her artworks. Vanessa Barragão’s work is characterized by her captivating environments of coral reefs, cleverly combining craft and recycled materials into unique and luxurious sculptural carpets and tapestries for floors and walls.
Vanessa was born in Albufeira, in the south of Portugal. Her studio was founded in 2014 when she attended a Master degree at the Lisbon University in fashion and textiles design. There she developed her first wool yarn collection and tapestries through an ecological artisanal process. Currently, she is based in Porto, the Northern region of Portugal where the nation’s textile industry core is located, and divides her time between collaborating as a textile designer for an artisanal rugs factory and running her studio.
Alice Walsh is a designer and the founder of accessories brand Alice Made This. The brand celebrates British manufacturing, industrial engineering and raw materials and has shown at London Collections: Men, Tranoï and Pitti Uomo. After completing her furniture and product design degree in Nottingham, Alice built a career designing with notable brands including Habitat, Tom Dixon, industrial design agency Forpeople, Conran, DeBeers, Red Bull and British Airways. With a passion and respect for factories, Alice analyses a manufacturing process and then designs accordingly.
Born 1973 in Tel Aviv and currently residing in Chicago, IL Nelly Agassi works in performance, installation, video,textile and paper. Her artwork addresses the idea of the body and notion of intimacy within public space in relation to architecture. Her work engages both the personal and emotional as well as universal concepts. Agassi is a 2001 graduate of the MA program of combined media in Chelsea Collage of Art and Design, London, UK. She has received the Nathan Gottesdiener Foundation for Israeli Art Prize and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art award for artistic encouragement from the Israel Ministry of Science, Culture and Sport. Agassi shown her work extensively throughout the world – in sites such as the Israel Museum,Jerusalem, Doritto Rovesscio, Milan Triennial, Poor Farm, USA, and at the Tate Modern in London.
Daniel Heath is a British award winning independent wallpaper, textile and surface designer renowned for his illustrative and engaging designs. Based in Walthamstow in the heart of East London, the designer-maker has long held an interest in craftsmanship and sustainable design through up-cycling and re-appropriation of authentic heritage materials. Trained in the traditional process of silk screen printing at the Royal College of Art, he set up his studio in 2007 to make bespoke, hand printed wallpapers and crafted interior surfaces exclusively made to order. Drawing has always underpinned his surface pattern designs and many have references to a time or a place to form playful narratives. Daniel utilises technologies such as laser engraving, to create many of his unique designs. The outcomes cross the boundaries between technology and craft to create modern design pieces that embody traditional values yet contemporary aesthetics. Daniel is an experienced academic and has lectured Textiles at a range of universities and also provides mentoring for young designers. Daniel exhibits and sells his work internationally include Europe and the US. Daniel is also a proud brother of the Artworkers’ Guild in London.
Anna Taylor is an embroidery designer and has worked in the industry for nine years. Most of that has been spent at Jenny King Embroidery as head embroiderer involved in design, development and production. Here she mastered her skill on the free-hand Irish embroidery machine. It is a highly specialised machine that ceased production in the 1950’s. The satin stitch that can be produced on an Irish is unique in terms of creativity and quality. Anna became fascinated with it whilst studying her degree in Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors at Bath Spa University. She is also highly skilled in creative digital embroidery, using innovative and experimental techniques. Working closely with clients they collaborate from the initial design, developing the embroidery for projects or a collection at Fashion Week. The studio works on a variety of designs for fashion, film, theatre, costume design and interiors, with many clients including Mary Katrantzou, J.W. Anderson, Erdem, Tom Ford, Vivienne Westwood, Royal Opera House and Shakespeares Globe.
Kate Tume is an artist from west Sussex. She creates portraits in textiles using a variety of hand techniques including goldwork, stumpwork, and surface embroidery. Her work explores themes around species loss and the decline of our natural world, and seeks to subvert popular narratives around what extinction looks like. She often uses religious iconography and mythology to engage the viewer in a dialogue about what we hold sacred, and how that has changed.
Kate’s work has appeared in publications and exhibitions internationally. She teaches textile art techniques to students from around the world via her workshops, one-to-one tuition, and online classes.
Kate also designs and produces a range of Textile Art Boxes, which provide the opportunity to master hand embellishment techniques in a sustainable, zero-waste kit.
Sarah Rakestraw is the owner and brains behind Golden Hinde Goldwork. She started the business in 1996, on her own with the support of her mum and dad. Sarah is recognised as an expert in the field of Goldwork and the business has grown from strength to strength and it now has 2 employee’s working permanently alongside her. Sarah’s love of Goldwork and many other embroidery techniques can be seen in each piece of work crafted by her. She enjoys talking about and teaching Goldwork techniques, so she is often booked to hold talks and workshops at various groups around the country. She always receives great comments about her patience and enthusiasm for her work as her passion for the subject can clearly be seen. As of this year Golden Hinde are also starting to hold bi-annual retreats, with all designs and teaching done by Sarah.
As well as owning Golden Hinde Sarah is also a registered Chartered Accountant she definitely has her business head screwed on, she is all about numbers and she loves a good spreadsheet.
Recently Sarah has written a book called Glorious Goldwork. This colourful book has step by step instructions and lots of information and pictures. Sarah wanted to bring something new and modern to what is currently available, making Goldwork accessible to all. This book has been a long time project and it is something that she is extremely proud of.
Nadia Albertini is an haute couture embroidery designer and embroidery historian. She studied fashion and textiles at l’Ecole Duperré in Paris in 2003 and she has since collaborated with fashion brands including Chloé, Chanel, Jason Wu, Dries van Noten, Tory Burch, Sies Marjan and The Row. She has taught at the London College of Fashion, at CSM and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. She currently divides her time between her design work for both fashion and interiors and her historical research as Head of the Archives at Maison Hurel, the oldest embroidery house in Paris, founded in 1850.
Anne-Marie Howat is the Course Leader BA Hons Textiles at the Arts University Bournemouth.
After graduating from her degree with a 1st class Hons, a Post Graduate Diploma and an MA in Textiles, Anne-Marie pursued a variety of projects within textiles and design, predominantly using her skill set of embroidery and surface manipulation. Anne-Marie has been employed as a full-time print and embroidery designer in the UK’s fashion industry, including brands Conran Studios and M&S. She was employed as a freelance designer for many years in London UK and New York USA, selling embroidery designs internationally for fashion trends and for production. As a designer/maker for interiors and large-scale commissions for public spaces Anne-Marie worked with clients in the UK, Germany and Holland (these include a textiles installation at Lingen Town House, Grand Hall, entrance textiles installation for the Derby Dance Centre, and prints for interiors and a large scale private commission for the Rothschild family home in London). Anne-Marie has gained awards for her couture fashion fabrics e.g. Vogue Conde Nast Publication & Texprint Awards, and for her work in interiors e.g. Furnishing Fabric award from House and Gardens – New Designer Award as a student and has exhibited at stands at international textile trade shows. Invention in design spurred an interest in teaching and communication. She became a lecturer on a variety of courses ranging from costume and set design, to general art & design. However, the textile specialism is where her depth of knowledge lay and in 2007 she established the new degree course at the Arts University at Bournemouth. She now leads the Textiles BA Hons course and is Principal Lecturer (Teaching and Learning) for the Textiles/Fashion subject area. Recent commission work includes the entrance hall (embroidered and printed installation) for Salut Maroc Essaouira Moroco.
Korlekie was established in 2013 by designer, Beatrice Korlekie Newman.
Her designs centre on the unique craftsmanship of heritage crafts such as Knitwear, crochet and macramé, fused with modern digital technology to create sustainable, timeless pieces of clothing. The brand mainly focuses on womenswear, with silhouettes and fabrications that emphasise the body and creates drama with serving of glamour.
The brand has been worn by the likes of Tiwa Savage, Paloma Faith, Rita Ora and Anna Friel to name a few, on the red carpet and on stage as well as featured in the likes of Vogue, iD, and Elle amongst other magazines in Europe and internationally.