Vote For Your Bursary Winner 21

This year we launched The Joan Harrison Creative Bursary scheme. The scheme was set up to provide valuable study opportunities for those wishing to study our accredited textile courses. It was named after a very dear friend and colleague who sadly passed away in 2015.

For several months we have been receiving your applications. Our tutors have had the very difficult job of shortlisting the applications and we’re pleased to say we have our finalists.

Now, we need your help to find the winners. Please vote for your favourite piece. You’ll only be able to vote for one piece but the four finalists with the highest number of votes will be awarded with a bursary place.  Good luck everyone and thank you to everyone who applied.

The Finalists

Andrea Tavner

Subject: Machine Embroidery

Andrea lives in East Anglia with her husband and eight-year-old daughter. Andrea enjoys embroidery, gold work and making Dorset buttons. She told us that she would love to do the course to developed her skills and expand her knowledge.

“We are lucky to live in a rich countryside of inspiration for craft ideas, so I constantly have a wealth of ideas to work on, probably too many, if there is such a thing as too many ideas.”

Bursary finalist Andrea Tavner, Machine Embroidery
Bursary finalist Andrea Tavner, Machine Embroidery
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Nicola Cole

Subject: Knitting

Nicola is a single parent and carer for her autistic daughter, and is passionate about knitting and crochet. She is applying for a bursary because she’s looking for an opportunity to feed her creative desires. Eventually, she would like to sell her creations.

“It would completely change my life by giving me the opportunity to make a career out of my dream and much loved hobby.”

Bursary finalist Nicola Cole, Knitting.
Bursary finalist Nicola Cole, Knitting.
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Tina Barnett

Subject: Hand Embroidery

Tina loves embroidery because of it’s therapeutic qualities. She embroiders daily and really wants to starts building a business selling her makes. Tina wants to study with us to gain creative confidence.

“To have a chance to do the course and gain a qualification would be absolutely amazing and and brilliant stepping stone towards a new career.”

Bursary finalist, Tina Barnett, hand embroidery
Bursary finalist, Tina Barnett, hand embroidery
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Janis Brodie

Subject: Textiles

Janis applied for a bursary because she has wanted to study and City and Guilds accredited Textiles course for a very long time. She taught herself how to hand sew Manx Patchwork and Shibori and also enjoys weaving, spinning and dyeing.

“I would really appreciate the presence and advice of a tutor to take me further on my journey and to bounce my ideas off, so I could become more confident in creating better and more meaningful pieces.”

Bursary finalist, Janis Brodie, Textiles
Bursary finalist, Janis Brodie, Textiles
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Claire Pearson

Subject: Textiles

Claire is a hard-working single mum who crafts for the escapism and enjoyment. After recently completing a free online textiles course she told us that this sparked her interest in creative textiles.

“I’ve been reading lots about sustainability and I am keen to be able to use my art as gifts for people – either as art or on cards etc. This course would be a beautiful way to continue my creative learning and meet like minded people.”

Bursary Finalist, Claire Pearson textiles
Bursary Finalist, Claire Pearson textiles
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Kimberly Lynn Jones

Subject: Hand Embroidery

Kimberly is determine to use her art as a way of contributing financially to her family income. She is a collage artist and bookbinder and loves incorporating vintage textiles and slow stitching into her work.

“I want to feel accomplished and skilled in what I do as an artist. This course would allow me to explore hand embroidery in greater depth and then share that knowledge with others. I believe that art and crafts of all kinds are essential to a person’s wellbeing and mental health.”

Bursary Finalist, Kimberly Lynn Jones is applying for Hand Embroidery
Bursary Finalist, Kimberly Lynn Jones is applying for Hand Embroidery
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Asmaa Abdallah Moharram

Subject: Textiles

Asmaa lives in Dubai with her husband and two children. Asmaa has learned most of her skills herself, with the help of online books and tutorials. Now, she is looking for an opportunity to develop her skills in order to build a career for herself.

“I am currently aspiring to study textiles in a professional manner and add to it my experience in patchwork and applique to create art pieces which reflect my thoughts, visions and my culture.”

Asamm Abdallah bursary finalist applying to study textiles
Asamm Abdallah bursary finalist applying to study textiles
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Helen Vick

Subject: Machine Embroidery

Like so many of us, Helen told that Machine Embroidery gives her so much freedom and satisfaction. For her, studying a City and Guilds course would be a major stopping stone in her personal development. After recently attending free motion embroidery course she learned the basics of some techniques; Bobbin work, reverse appliqué, lace work and shirring elastic. She got so much from speaking to the course tutor and knew she wanted to keep learning.

“I want to gain confidence and strength in my embroidery skills, to develop my own designs, and to be able to make pieces that people want to bring into their homes and interiors.”

Helen Vick, bursary finalist, machine embHelen Vick, bursary finalist, machine embroidery
Helen Vick, bursary finalist, machine embroidery
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Joanna Keen

Subject: Felt

Joanna told us that felting has helped her through some very tough times. She dreams of becoming a textile artist but admits that she has so much to learn. After suffering with Covid earlier in the year Joanna created the piece below, Covid Lungs to represent how her lungs felt ‘squished to oblivion’.

“I have a dream of keeping Angora goats to produce my own wool and living more sustainably. I would like to learn the foundations of the needle felt craft and expand my knowledge of materials, methods and perspectives in this medium.”

Joanna Keen bursary finalist, applying to study our felt course
Joanna Keen bursary finalist, applying to study our felt course
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3 Comments

  1. I love the variety of materials you can combine into textiles. Sometimes find this overwhelming. I have always enjoyed colour and textiles. Would love to put my own ideas into this medium.

  2. Thanks to everyone at the School of Stitched Textiles for including me among the finalists! All the artists shown are incredibly talented and I’m honored to be listed with them!

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