2021 Lecture Series (Online)
July 21st: May Morris, daughter of William Morris, was an influential figure in the Arts and Crafts movement, best known for her work at the Morris & Co embroidery department. Recent publications and exhibits have brought May’s achievements out of the shadow of her father and his company, allowing us to discover more about May, her style, her skills and her aesthetic. In this lecture, we focus on May Morris as an embroiderer and designer. We will explore the work she accomplished, her teaching, the lectures she gave, and the publication of “Decorative Needlework,” her introductory guide to embroidery. This lecture is co-written with SNAD instructors Lucy Barter and Mae McCourt, and will be hosted by Mae. Register here.
July 28th: Kate Tume, is an artist from West Sussex. She makes textile portraits of animals that explore how a reduction in cultural, social or spiritual reverence for the natural world has resulted in vulnerability, endangerment or extinction. Her work examines themes around species loss and the decline in our natural world, and seeks to subvert popular narratives around what extinction and ecological threat looks like. Register here.
August 4th: The Bargello Sisters. Laura Angell is a Visual Artist born in England and based in Galway Ireland. She has a first class honors degree in Fine Art. Her work has been exhibited in the UK , Ireland and across Europe and several of her works are held in both government collections and private collections. Lynsey Angell, the second half of the Bargello Sisters is a crafter, maker, writer and textile artist based in the north of England. From a cross section of skills Lynsey has concentrated on Bargello for the last 3 years always with the ambition of making bigger, brighter and more dramatic pieces. Register here.
August 18th: Duwenavue Santé Johnson, is a Philadelphia and San Francisco based artist. Through a long art journey, she has become an accomplished hand embroider and contemporary artist while not limiting herself to any one medium in her growth. She is a self-starter with a passion for learning, travel and nature. Her work is influenced by world travels and draws from the colors, patterns and textures of nature. She incorporates many styles of painting and textile work from formal education guidance to being influenced by Southeast Asian, African, European and American arts. Most of her time has been spent absorbing history and all forms of art and textiles which energizes creativity. Register here.
September 18th: Liz Trenow, is the author of eight best-selling novels, several of which have been inspired by her silk heritage, including The Forgotten Seamstress a NY Times and USA Today best seller, The Hidden Thread and The Last Telegram. Her work has been translated into many languages. She lives in Essex, England, with her artist husband, and has two daughters and three grandchildren. Register here.
September 22nd: Mary Corbet, owner and operator of the wonderful online resource: Needle ‘n Thread will dive into the creation of this incredible website and brand. When Mary finished her BA, she began teaching high school English. Eventually, Mary picked up her post graduate studies again, and finished her post grad work, she then became a college professor, teaching teachers how to teach. After 18 years in the academic world, five of which were simultaneously spent building Needle ‘n Thread, it became clear that Mary could not give 100% to her professional career and to Needle ‘n Thread. Register here.
October 6th: Jenny Aidn-Christie, originally from Derbyshire, England has been practicing her love of embroidery since childhood. She learned from her family an inherent passion for a broad range of craft skills. For her career Jenny trained as a professional embroiderer on the prestigious three year Apprenticeship at the Royal School of Needlework, at Hampton Court Palace. She graduated with distinction in 1999, winning the school’s prizes for silk shading and Coronation Goldwork. Following this intensive training, Jenny remained at the RSN to work full time for a further ten years, as a member of the teaching team and commercial Studio staff, and became Assistant Head of Studio. Register here.
October 20th: Devi Vallabhaneni, created her first embroidery pieces in 2011, experimenting with sequins and beads. As her enthusiasm grew, she decided to take courses in fashion design in Chicago, followed by textile classes at the famed Central Saint Martins, London. In 2016, she studied the craft of ‘crochet de Lunéville’ at Hand & Lock, winning first place at the annual embroidery competition. Transatlantic consecration of her talents came in 2018 when Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills commissioned three panels. Register here.
November 10th: Hugh Belsey, a graduate of the Universities of Manchester and Birmingham, is an experienced lecturer in Europe, Australia and the United States. For twenty-three years he curated Gainsborough’s House in the UK where he formed one of the largest collections of the artist’s work. He has taught at the Universities of Melbourne and Buckingham and curated many exhibitions. Register here.
December 1st: Dr. Jessica Grimm studied archaeology at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and hand-embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework. Combining her academic and hands-on skills, she researches and recreates medieval goldwork embroidery. Currently, Jessica compiles a database of all medieval goldwork embroidery from Europe. Register here.
December 15th: Jen Goodwin graduated from the Royal School of Needlework’s apprenticeship scheme in 2003 after 3 years of intensive training in all aspects of traditional hand embroidery. In the years to follow, starting with a small range of embroidery kits alongside occasional workshop tuition. Jen Goodwin Embroidery was born. After spending time in the RSN studio working on the wedding dress of the Duchess of Cambridge, Jen found herself wanting to get back into stitching more ambitious projects. From there, thinking of stitching everyday was just the last push Jen needed to begin working in embroidery full time. Register here.[/text_output]