Designed and hand embroidered by me.
|This one-of-a-kind embroidered wall clock was created through collaboration between hand embroiderer Laura Mason and illustrator Heidi Burton.|
The illustration for this clock was inspired by the fairytale Persinette by Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de la Force, originally published in 1698, and later adapted by the Grimm Brothers into the folktale Rapunzel.
Heidi: My illustration work is inspired by folktales, nature, and the characters I observe in day-to-day life. I earned an Illustration degree in 2007 and have been working as a freelance illustrator ever since. heidiburton.wordpress.com/
Laura: I was traditionally trained in hand embroidery during a three year apprenticeship at the Royal School of Needlework, graduating in 2005. Since then I have been creating one of a kind contemporary embroidered pieces, using the techniques that I was trained in.
The illustration was of course a challenge, but a welcome one. Many samples were worked for not only determining the best way of transferring the design but also how to replicate the illustration itself. The fine lines of the face and hair were worked in a combination of back stitch, and split using from as fine as machine cotton up to a couple of stranded cotton threads. Overall the design took over seventy hours to stitch and I enjoyed every minute of it. You can follow the process via my blog at www.masonbee.blogspot.com.
I have always had a strong love affair for art and design, and in particular textiles. I received my formal training for traditional hand embroidery during a three year apprenticeship with the Royal School of Needlework. There, I was taught over sixty different embroidery techniques and styles, including textile restoration. I graduated in 2005, with not only a diploma but with an Award from the Worshipful Company of Gold & Silver Wyre Drawers for a goldwork project undertaken in my second year.|
Since graduating I have gained valuable work experience at Philip Treacy’s London Studio, Lulu Guinness head office. I have also had the privilege to undertake several private commissions and have also worked alongside a freelance film and TV costumier on various projects, private clients, stage and screen.
Today I make and design unique pieces whilst continuing to develop and expand upon skills gained from my time at the Royal School of Needlework. Recently I have moved into creating pieces in collaboration with other artists.