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Student Showcase Archive

Jenny Ellery

MA work

MA work

  • Stitched Forms

    Stitched Forms, Jenny Ellery 2016
    Silk Organza, Irish Embroidery and Thermoplastic
    Photographer: Suzie Howell

  • Illusions of Object

    Illusions of Object, Jenny Ellery 2015
    Hand stitch, rope, latex

  • Tensions

    Tensions, Jenny Ellery, Colleen Leitch 2016
    Silk Organza, Latex, Irish Embroidery

  • Stitched Components

    Stitched Components, Jenny Ellery 2016
    Latex, Irish Embroidery
    Photographer: Suzie Howell

  • Suggestions

    Suggestions , Jenny Ellery 2016
    Latex, Linen, Irish Embroidery

  • Extensions

    Extensions , Jenny Ellery
    Plastic, Ceramic Stitch
    Photographer: Suzie Howell

Material Gestures

A series of sculptural textile pieces that sit on minimal garment bases, that dictate, manipulate and challenge the silhouette of the body. Pieces are interchangeable, layered with the base garments, allowing the wearer freedom to experiment with focus around the instinctive nature of tying and wrapping.

The focus of my work revolves around the idea of what we consider ‘a wearable’, questioning the boundaries between garment, accessory and sculpture pieces. One question, when does an object become wearable?

My fascination of the abstract image is important within my process, continuously working from 3D to 2D, and back, creating illusions of wearability.



  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Textiles, 2016


    mixed media

  • With a focus on machine embroidery and printed textiles, my practice explores the alternative possibilities of silhouette, using the body as a space for the curation of hand laboured textile pieces. My aim is in celebrating the importance of the textile designer within a fashion context. 

    The juxtaposition of fragility and structure are important both in aesthetic and in concept. Applying textile techniques not only as a decorative but as a structural element, I examine the tensions and characteristics of materials through stitch and print, exploring these processes in the broadest sense. 

    Hands-on and intuitive experimentation often forms the foundation of my practice, allowing for new and unexpected conclusions.


  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Textiles (First Class), Edinburgh College of Art, 2014
  • Experience

  • Hand embroidery, Victoria Beckham, 2016; Studio assistant, Jenny King Embroidery Studio, Brighton, 2015; Design Assistant, Jane Bowler, 2015; Graduate Design Assistant, Joules, 2014; Digital Print Studio Assistant, Whiston & Wright, 2013
  • Exhibitions

  • Work–in–Progress Exhibition, Gulbenkian Gallery RCA, London, 2015, 2016
  • Awards

  • Monsoon Industry Project, Runner-Up, 2015; The Worshipful Company of Haberdashers Prize, Runner-up, 2015; Nominee for Burberry Design Scholarship by the Royal College of Art, 2014; The Worshipful Company of Dyers Prize, Winner, 2014
  • Publications

  • WGSN Trend Report, 2015