ABOUT DEBORAH WILDING
Hand embroidery work, using traditional methods to produce work of exceptionally high quality, is my guiding standard.
I am trained in historically accurate techniques, including Goldwork, Silk Shading, Whitework, Canvas techniques, Stumpwork, Appliqué, Blackwork, Crewelwork among others. My experience includes working on large studio projects and on small scale items for customers.
As well as working on embroidery projects myself, I also teach embroidery skills on behalf of the Royal School of Needlework and in private settings.
Originally from Carlisle in Cumbria, I am now based in North Somerset in England’s West Country. After completing the Royal School of Needlework’s ‘Future Tutor’ course (the world’s leading educational establishment for the teaching of hand embroidery to a professional level) and graduating with distinction in 2015, I have been employed by the RSN to teach on both the “Certificate and Diploma Programme” and their extensive “Day Class Programme”, both in the UK and abroad.
In my freelance capacity I work from my seaside studio on day class designs, restoration projects, private commissions, as well as teaching private lessons.
In addition to travelling around the UK and further afield I often have students visit me in my home studio. This can involve project planning, designing an embroidery for a special event or celebration or giving one to one lessons in specific techniques, working at the student’s pace and concentrating on specifics. My studio space is located in the seafront area of Clevedon, North Somerset. Looking out over the Bristol Channel towards Wales, the setting could not be more inspirational.
Clevedon boasts a Grade I listed pier and is home to a wonderful collection of independent shops and cafes, which are a particular feature of this beautiful seaside Victorian town.
CAREER TO DATE
Based at the RSN Bristol Satellite in the south west of England, I have been studying with the Royal School of Needlework since 2010. I began with the RSN Certificate course for which I was awarded a Distinction in 2012, before graduating from the Future Tutor Programme with a distinction in June 2015. While a student I was awarded both the Teaching Award in 2013 and the Elizabeth Elvin Goldwork Award in 2015.
As well as teaching the Certificate and Diploma course from our Bristol Satellite I also teach a selection of Day Classes and intensive courses in Hampton Court Palace, Bristol and the USA. When time permits I work as a studio stitcher in the commercial workroom of the RSN at Hampton Court Palace.
During 2018 I have been featured in a Crewelwork digital class, a new online project making RSN classes available to a global audience – the first of these will be launched during 2018.
As well as working for the RSN I also work in a freelance capacity from my North Somerset studio, working on kit design, private commissions, restoration projects and bespoke classes.
Over the last three years my work has featured in both the TIMES and GUARDIAN newspapers. During 2014 I was chosen as an artist to work on part of the “Shaun in the City” project with my sculpture (Ruffles). After a number of exhibitions around the country, the sculpture was decorated with embroidered accessories and auctioned to raise money for the “Aardman Grand Appeal”.
After completion of the Future Tutor programme my work was exhibited at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexander palace with an article featuring me and the programme in STITCH magazine 2016.
Coming up Oct 2018 – Tutor attending the Craft Sanctuary event – Sew and so.
Coming up July 2018 – Tutor attending the first Royal School of Needlework USA summer school, Lexington – Kentucky.
2018 – Private commission for embroidery on sleeves of bridal gown May 2018.
2018 – Tutor for the Royal School of Needlework Certificate and Diploma and Day Class Programme.
2018 – Private commission for design, planning and working on a set of church kneelers for a small church in the Cotswolds 2017/2018. Coordinating work to be carried out by various contributors.
2018 – Programme of day classes based at, and in partnership with the Royal School of Needlework and the Fashion Museum Bath. Features exhibitions Royal Women and Fashion in 100 objects.
2018 – Restoration project for private customer, stabilise deterioration of linen fabric.
2017 – Tutor for the Royal School of Needlework Certificate and Diploma and Day Class Programme.
2017 – Royal School of Needlework Tutor at the spring USA Intensive Williamsburg, Virginia.
2017 – Exhibited and open studio as part of the North Somerset Arts Week Project.
2017 – Private lesson booking for specialist embroidery holidays company.
2017 – Tutor for the Eternal Embroidery retreats.
2017– Tutor for Love Stitch Bristol courses.
2017– Programme of day classes based at, and in partnership with the Royal School of Needlework and the Fashion Museum Bath. Features exhibition Fashion in 100 objects.
2017– Restoration work on super frontal for Church in Nailsea, Somerset.
2017 – Part of the team in the RSN Embroidery Studio which stitched a series of works for artist Phillip Colbert.
2016 – Programme of day classes based at, and in partnership with the Royal School of Needlework and the Fashion Museum Bath. Featured item – Elsa Schiaparelli dress.
2016 – Tutor for the Royal School of Needlework Certificate and Diploma and Day Class Programme
2016 – Part of the team in the RSN Embroidery Studio which stitched a series of altar frontals for both the mail high altar and Lady Chapel for Culham Court, Oxfordshire.
2016 – Part of the team in the RSN Embroidery Studio which created this installation to mark the release of Game of Thrones: The Complete Fifth Season on DVD, this stunning embroidery was on display for just two days at the Crossing Gallery, Central St Martins, 1 Granary Square in London’s King’s Cross.
2016 – Part of the team in the RSN Embroidery Studio which designed and crafted a special 90th birthday present for Her Majesty The Queen.
2015 – Exhibition of work at Knitting and stitching, Alexander Palace.
2015 – Tutor for the Royal School of Needlework Certificate and Diploma and Day Class Programme.
2015 – Designed and worked church kneelers for St.Olaves church, City of London.
2015 – Part of a team of RSN embroiderers including students, staff and alumni; hand embellished some 200,000 ostrich feathers onto the stunning gown which was created by the British couture fashion designer, Nicholas Oakwell Couture for the GREAT Britain Campaign.
2014 – Cover Tutor for the Royal School of Needlework Certificate and Diploma and Day Class Programme.
2014 – Part of the RSN Tutors and staff which created a special gift for Prince George of Cambridge. It featured 12 stitched British wild birds on a hand- carved tree branch.
2014 – Part of a team of RSN embroiderers which worked on a silk bridal gown designed by L’Wren Scott fashion designer.