Where Are Our Graduates Now?
3rd December, 2019
Laura Baverstock who graduated in 2016, became a Freeman of the City of London at the official ceremony at the Guildhall in August, having been invited to be the youngest Trade Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Gold & Silver Wyre Drawers three years ago. Laura has been Costume Embroiderer for several films, the latest being The Aeronauts, as well as Mary Queen of Scots and Murder on the Orient Express.
Hattie McGill, who also graduated in 2016, has become a very successful Textile Artist, receiving commissions for her metalwork pieces from all over the world, and is a columnist for Mr X Stitch.
Harriet Stiles graduated in 2014 and is Design & Product Development Manager for Turquoise Mountain, based in Riyadh, exploring traditional needlecraft in contemporary jewellery. In July, Harriet became a Trade Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Gold & Silver Wyre Drawers.
Since graduating in 2018, Nina Brabbins and Abigail Frusher have been exploring their own hand embroidery practice. Nina’s Final Major Project, ‘Sea Change’, explored the human effect on the natural world and our lack of connection towards it and has recently started teaching coil basketry Workshops around plastic beach waste and ghost gear, ‘Let’s Weave the Seas Clean’. Meanwhile, in August, Abigail held her first solo show at the West Acre Gallery, King’s Lynn, inspired by pebble collection along the Norfolk coastline, and is now Artist in Residence at Downham Market Academy, Norfolk.
Charlie Ellis and Abigail Noronha graduated this summer having established their brand ‘ellis+noronha’ in their third year and launched in Bermondsey during the London Design Festival, in September. Abigail enjoys working with paint and expressive drawings whilst Charlie enjoys digital design, and the combination of skills has resulted in their first collection. They are now busy working on their next Collection to launch in May.