As the first Stephanie Arditti Bursary recipient from MGCfutures, I am currently exploring a career in digital embroidery as a new learned skill in my final year at Wimbledon College of Arts. The bursary allows me to invest in the software needed to digitise embroidery designs.
During my final year, I created a Habit à la Française with digital machine embroidery. Before this, I had never used the software or an embroidery machine but with support of Wilcom EmbroideryStudio Designing and some online help I was able to recreate the habit that was once worn by Otto Baron van Randwijck in The Netherlands. The base was all done by machine with hand sewn French Knots added in on top to give more of a 3D effect.
For the new Royal Opera House production of Hansel and Gretel 2018 I provided machine embroidered buttons designs for the Cinderella's Prince costume, stitched in metallic threads.
For my second costume in my final year at Wimbledon I also used digital embroidery to create the outlines of the bows and apron to mimic the graphic style of Erté's design for Der Rosenkavelier for Glyndebourn in the 1980's.