Prize for Embroidery Coordinator

Lizzy Chambers

Graduating Middlesex University in 2001, Lizzy went on to run her own successful jewellery business. Experienced in events management and artisan craftsmanship, she became the Prize coordinator in April 2023.

As a child, Lizzy was exposed to the full spectrum of creativity and encouraged to enter (and win) drawing competitions. Her grandmother was a seamstress and her grandfather was a skilled joiner. Spending time with them both, she developed a strong appreciation for all objects made by skilled hands. As an adult, this passion for the arts has been reflected in her career, advocacy and mentoring.

After gaining a degree in law and having her two children, Lizzy started her own botanical jewellery business, creating romantic keepsakes with dried flowers housed in delicate glass spheres. The business took off, with her products being stocked by the British Museum and The Royal Observatory. At the same time, Lizzy became the Chair of Harrow Open Studios where she looks after 55 artists and two annual showcases.

At Hand & Lock, Lizzy can combine her passion for creativity with her skills as an event organiser, facilitator and administrator. Recognising that schools are now primarily concentrating on maths, English and science, she is concerned that the teaching of arts and crafts will be impacted. She views the Hand & Lock Prize as an essential part of preserving and encouraging all forms and expressions of embroidery, for everyone.

The annual Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery, which was launched by Hand & Lock in 2000, is highly regarded in the world of embroidery and textiles.
The 2022 Prize received just under 500 submissions from over 40 different countries around the world.

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