Having been born and raised in the Peak District in Derbyshire in 2014 I moved to London to learn the art of hand embroidery. In 2017 at the age of 21 I graduated from the Royal School of Needlework with a degree in hand embroidery. Having been obsessed with art growing up it wasn’t until I was 16 that I turned to textiles and my direction changed. I developed a fascination with embroidery and decided to explore this further. That’s how I ended up specialising and studying hand embroidery at Hampton Court Palace.
While studying I became trained in classic hand embroidery techniques, goldwork, blackwork, whitework, stumpwork, canvas work and crewel work. All in which you will find elements of in my work today!
While gaining experience in the fashion, art and interior sectors I learnt a lot about myself and who i wanted to be as a maker. Working in fashion houses and in brands such as Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan, Burberry and on collaboration projects with HBO Game of Thrones, Hand & Lock, Gainsborough Silk, Royal School of Needlework and the GREAT Britain Campaign. Working alongside creatives and with such luxurious materials to create pieces that have been worn by celebrities, walked red carpets and displayed around the world!
I was also fortunate enough to have work displayed at the exhibitions listed below:
New Designers, Business Design Centre 2017
Royal School of Needlework Graduate Show at Hampton Court Palace 2017
A work in progress exhibition at the Craft Study Centre in collaboration with Liz Coopers ‘What Do I Need To Do To Make It Ok?’. 2016
Royal School of Needlework’s Stories in Stitch Exhibition at Hampton Court Palace September 2016- August 2017
Fortunate enough to have also won Prizes and Bursaries to further develop my work and practice:
Personal Development Award, The Pershore Prize 2017
Bursary from the Golsoncott Foundation
Royal School of Needlework 2016- 2017
Bursary from the Janet Churn Trust
Royal School of Needlework 2015-2016
Bursary from the Victoria Adams Scholarship Fund
Royal School of Needlework 2014-2015
Bethany Duffy Embroidery was started back in 2018, it wasn’t until the second half of 2018 that I found my stride with my work! I had taken the time to develop and understand what I wanted my shop to be and what I as a maker wanted to create.
I create mostly bespoke personalised hand embroidered pieces! Working with you to create art that means something, is personalised and is unique just to you. I have a huge range of personalised pieces in my shop now, all that I’ve built and developed over the years. With time I started to build confidence and have the time to create hand embroidery kits and other accessories. Pieces for you to use and try hand embroidery for yourself!
My shop is always growing and evolving, creating new products is something that takes a lot of practice but as the pieces are launched means I’m fully confident in what I’m selling!
As seen in Becreative Magazine, Embroidery Magazine, Zanna, Average Art, Wotisart
Prizes and Exhibitions:
2021 Theo Paphitis #sbs winner
2019 Hobby Craft ‘Made With Love’ Competition winner
UDHR quilt collaboration - Museum of Australian Democracy 2018-2021
Nasty Women Exhibition Portugal, Lisbon 2018
Nasty Women London Exhibition, Black and White Building, Shoreditch 09/2017