Jacque Wakely

Painting with the sewing machine.

Born in Nottingham, Jacqué originally studied Graphic Design at Nottingham College of Art, later taking a BA degree specialising in textiles, in Edinburgh. She lectured on degree courses in Design and Garment construction at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.

Many aspects of Design and Textiles form the threads of her career. Recently she returned to photography as reference for her work; and is now combining her innovative skills with her knowledge of sewing and embroidery techniques. She uses her photographic imagery, layering textiles, textures and threads with machine, hand embroidery and beading to produce her pictures – redolent of the coasts, cliffs, hills and dales around the British Isles.

As well as lecturing she has designed theatre costumes, lingerie, original clothing and knitwear. She has exhibited in Rye, Sussex; Pittenweem, Fife; Derby; Clun, Shropshire; Lymington, Hampshire and at the RBSA, winning the Tanner prize in 2009. Elected RBSA in 2010

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