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ARTISTS / Jessica Grady

Jessica is a contemporary embroidery artist who works from her home studio just outside of Leeds, West Yorkshire.  Her colourful and contemporary work has been exhibited in various galleries across the UK and Europe and she is a member of the Crafts Council’s Makers directory and renowned textiles group – Art Textiles Made in Britain. She was awarded the Embroiderers' Guild Scholar in 2018/19. Jessica also speaks about her creative practice and teaches workshops across the country in schools, universities and for private organisations.

Her sculptural designs are a textural and visual feast, combining bold colour and clusters of embellished treasure that is created from a combination of waste and recycled materials. Jessica uses various processes including printing, foiling, dyeing and melting to transform what others perceive to be rubbish into tactile and creative embellishments. All of her designs are hand stitched; Jessica uses traditional stitches in contemporary colours and patterns, flecking fabrics with bold neon lines and metallic loops. Colour is an important aspect of her work – her designs are fearless in their use of strong colours, creating a very vivid and saturated colour palette. Jessica’s inspiration is derived from zoomed in views of surface texture details such as peeling paint, barnacles and rusting metal. Her sculptural, framed and 3-D textiles provide a statement in any interior space.

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