Emma Rodak

3rd place in the 2019 Hand & Lock Prize, Student Textile Art Category

"Entering the prize has helped me to gain more knowledge within embroidery as well as challenge myself to work with un-conventional materials that I wouldn't typically work with."

— Emma Rodak

Emma Rodak heard about the the Hand & Lock Prize from her tutors while studying Textiles at Art University Bournemouth. Her interest in the Prize led to a two month work placement at the Hand & Lock studio where she developed new embroidery skills that she then applied to her submission.


Rodak submitted a stunning sculptural embroidery inspired by ‘deforestation’. Asked about her use of materials she explained that she had used ‘unusual surface textures to fool the senses through un-conventional materials, such as copper mesh, copper wires, recycled textural leatherette and organic, eco-friendly fabrics’.


Her embroidery submission evokes the texture and colours of tree bark with it’s mossy surface, scars and weathered surface. Organic yet metallic, Rodak demonstrated her close understanding of the brief and walked away with a well deserved third place in the Textile art Category.

See more of her work here

Emma Rodak
Chairman of Hand and Lock Alastair Macloed with embroider Emma Rodak
Official Hand and Lock Prize photograph of Emma Rodak embroidery
Supporting research work by Emma Rodak
Close up of embroidery by Emma Rodak
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