Susan Kay-Williams has been the Chief Executive of the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace since 2007. Her research interest is in dyes and colour in textiles.
Susan is constantly in demand as a speaker, especially for NADFAS in the UK, and internationally she has lectured in the US, China, Taiwan and Japan. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Recent publications include: The Story of Colour in Textiles published by Bloomsbury.
Course Leader – RSN Degree Programme
Angie Wyman studied BA (Hons) Embroidery at Loughborough College of Art and Design (1982-85). She brings over twenty years experience of working within Higher Education, specifically within the area of embroidery and the applied arts. Both a tutor and lifelong practitioner, Angie is committed to the promotion and continued practice of embroidery.
Angie has developed a number of successful international programmes which have connected textile practitioners across the globe and have taken her to Finland and Australia. Partnerships built between the Novia University of Applied Sciences, Turku and the Australian National University, Canberra culminated in a number of country specific exhibitions and conferences.
In 2014, Angie was the Specialist Judge for The craft&design Selected Awards 2014, Textiles and Needlecrafts Category and a Panel Judge for the UK Embroiderers Guild Scholar.
Dr. Clare Rose
Clare has taught History of Art and Design to BA and MA textiles students for 15 years, in London and elsewhere. She teaches object-based and visual methodologies through archive visits, object studies, oral presentations and written exercises. Her teaching addresses themes such as the meanings of contemporary craft, the history of luxury textiles and brands, and the cultural meanings of dress.
Trained as a museum curator, she has researched and curated major textile collections in Britain and Europe, and lectures frequently at the V&A Museum. Her most recent publication is ‘Art Nouveau Fashion 1890-1914’ (V&A Publishing, 2014) and she has made many media appearances including Great British Sewing Bee Series 1 and 2.
Beatrice is a specialist in professional practice for crafts people. She believes that business skills should be embedded into creative practice in order to develop strong sustainable businesses.
For 10 years she worked at the Crafts Council providing support for makers at all stages of their career assisting them to build and grow their business practice. Her knowledge of contemporary craft practice was developed and complimented through working as an art commissioner for the Sustrans National Cycle Way and as a craft curator for Angel Row Gallery in Nottingham. She has developed market development programmes for makers at Craft Central and Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth.
Beatrice is currently a mentor on the Crafts Council’s Hothouse programme; for Unlocking Cornish Potential supporting Cornish creative businesses and for Emergents Arts in Scotland. She also teaches professional practice at various Higher Education Institutions.
Senior Lecturer – Textiles
Sophia Malik graduated with a first class honours degree in Textile Design in 1983, and in the same year was awarded the Royal Society of Arts Furnishing Textiles Prize.
The John Lewis Partnership internship prize was accompanied by a travel award which inspired a new collection of textiles and helped launch her career as a freelance Textile Designer. This was an invaluable start to an extensive and varied career in textiles, working with a number of high profile companies, artists and designer makers, and later as a tutor of textiles in the UK, Finland and Ecuador.
Sophia is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy – she is currently a practicing designer creating bespoke textiles for Costume, Fashion and Interiors. As an experienced tutor at undergraduate and postgraduate level, Sophia encourages the exploration of new approaches to working with traditional methods, alongside innovative applications of new materials and technologies.
RSN Studio Manager and RSN Technical Stitch Tutor
Amanda Ewing completed the RSN Apprenticeship in 1995 and since then has worked in the RSN commercial Studio where she is Studio Manager overseeing a wide variety of commissions.
Amanda is renowned for her technical skill including underside couching, a medieval goldwork technique. She teaches all of the RSN technical stitch modules to the Degree Programme students.
Her work can include anything from delicate embroidery on christening robes, repairing or creating altar frontals for the nation’s cathedrals and churches.
She worked with the team on the 12th century embroidered hangings for English Heritage's Dover Castle and in 2011 oversaw the RSN's work on The Duchess of Cambridge's wedding dress designed by Sarah Burton OBE.
RSN Technical Stitch Tutor
Having studied textiles at school, Flo then studied Silversmithing at the Cotswold Guild of Handicrafts before deciding to return to her love of embroidery. She completed the RSN Apprenticeship in 2004 and became a Studio stitcher and tutor. She also gained a Certificate in Education from Greenwich University.
Flo especially enjoys the design stage before starting any embroidery and loves quilts and coverlets that combine silk shaded work, delicate fabrics and contemporary design ideas.
Some of her work can be seen in the book Contemporary Whitework by Tracy A Franklin and Nicola Jarvis.
RSN Technical Stitch Tutor
Jenny Adin-Christie is a freelance professional hand embroiderer and designer, with an innate passion for creating individual work; for the study and repair of antique embroideries and for inspiring others through her enthusiastic teaching.
On graduating from the RSN Apprenticeship in 1999 with distinction, for ten years Jenny continued as a member of the Studio team and teaching staff. She became Assistant to the Head of Studio and a Studio Project Manager, playing a key role in a broad range of major commissions, in the production of new product ranges and in creating individual work including the new All Seasons and Lenten Altar Frontals for Canterbury Cathedral.
Jenny embarked on a freelance career in 2009. She now teaches widely throughout the country and beyond, as well as continuing to teach for the RSN. She has taught across the full spectrum of courses offered by the RSN specialising in the fields of whitework, metal thread and stumpwork.
RSN Technical Stitch Tutor
Lisa Bilby graduated from the RSN apprenticeship in 2004, following on from a degree in costume. She has since worked as an embroidery teacher for the RSN, the Embroiderers Guild, WCE and the V&A. As well as undertaking private commissions Lisa works in the RSN studio and worked on the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress, the red carpet green dress and a wedding dress for l’wren Scott.
She is currently working alongside the Southwark broderers to produce new vestments for the Bishop of Southwark. Her main interest lies in the historical uses of embroidery in costume and once (rather surprisingly!) appeared as Mary Queen of Scots in the programme ‘Royal paintbox’.
RSN Technical Stitch Tutor
Owen graduated from the Royal School of Needlework in 1994. He became the first and only man to complete the Apprenticeship since 1872. Upon graduating he was invited to work in the workrooms at Hampton Court Palace where he stayed working on commissions and teaching for the School. During this time he created the embroidered knot garden classes which were inspired by the surroundings of Hampton Court.
From these firm foundations he has gone from strength to strength in developing new and imaginative techniques together with styles of work that have naturally evolved from the 1000 years of embroidery and stitching in England.
In 2003 he was commissioned by the BBC to teach Hilary Kay how to embroider on the William Morris Brilliantly British series. He went on to teach traditional hand embroidery around the country and launched the international best seller Embroidered Knot Garden book with co-author Gill Holdsworth in 2006.
The RSN Degree hosts annual professional development workshops for students of the RSN Degree, RSN Certificate & Diploma and Future Tutors courses. This series of workshops and events includes presentations by industry professionals, designer/makers, artist studios, postgraduates and academics.
Professional Development presenters have included:
Crafts Council – Hothouse
A programme for emerging makers, focused on developing artistic excellence and business ambition through workshops, peer network seminars and mentoring. www.craftscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/hothouse
Imogen Gray – Business Information Manager, Cockpit Arts
Cockpit Arts is an award winning social enterprise and the UK’s only creative-business incubator for designer-makers. Since we first started in 1986 we have helped thousands of talented craftspeople to grow their businesses, many of whom have gone on to achieve national and international success. www.cockpitarts.com
Aimee Betts (RCA) – Freelance Embroiderer
Aimee Betts is a Mixed Media Embroidery Designer and Creator of Adornments, whose ambition is to bring the traditions of embroidery to the forefront of contemporary design practice. www.aimeebetts.com
Beatrice Mayfield – Freelance Embroiderer
A textile designer specialising in hand constructed, embellished and embroidered textiles. Beatrice previously managed the Crafts Council Maker Development Scheme.
Jamie Chalmers – Mr. X Stitch
Jamie “Mr X Stitch” Chalmers is one of the world’s most well known male embroiderers, an internationally exhibited textile artist and curator. www.mrxstitch.com
Sarah Corbett – Craftivist Collective
Inspired by requests from craft lovers around the world who wanted to join her craftivism efforts, Sarah set up Craftivist Collective in 2009. She now works alongside individuals, charities, and arts institutions, among others, to address poverty and injustice, using craft as a way of engaging, challenging and encouraging people to play their part in making the world a better place. craftivist-collective.com
Anja Von Kalinowski – Freelance Embroiderer
MA Fine Art graduate and Royal School of Needlework Diploma graduate. In 2014 she has her own show in Berlin.
Titi Abiola, ‘Tilayo’
Embroidery and surface designer working with NGO’s to produce embroidered jewellery and surface pattern for interiors. www.wolfandbadger.com/designers/tilayo/
Andrew Duff – Programme leader Teacher Education at Kingston College