About Lucy Martin Embroidery
Who is Lucy?
Exploring creative boundaries by drawing parallels between traditional technical stitch ability and cutting-edge design, Lucy Martin is a specialist hand embroidery practitioner based in the UK. Advocating ethical and sustainable design practice through material choice and mindful production, her work explores the parallels between art and nature, questioning whether the true beauty of nature can be replicated with a needle and thread.
Growing up near the idyllic countryside of the Peak District, Lucy has always been surrounded by natural beauty . Capturing the feeling of serenity and peace she feels when exploring the surrounding landscape, her pieces take inspiration from mineral specimens to florals evoking a sense of place within her artwork. Using hand embroidery to create abstract forms is integral to her practice as she strives to constantly innovate and find new ways of bringing nature into her artwork through the use of innovative materials, techniques and processes.
Trained at the Royal School of Needlework, Lucy is technically adept within the fields of Raised Embroidery, Goldwork and Tambour Beading amongst others. Her work is an alternative to the accepted norm of mass produced, environmentally damaging methods of bringing beautiful textiles into fruition. Her work also sits within the sector of contemporary crafts which further champions the alternative to mass production. Her pieces are designed to be treasured forever as heirlooms of the future providing longevity to both hand embroidery as an artisanal technique as well as the pieces themselves. Lucy is a versatile multi-disciplinary hand embroiderer who can work within a range of fields for any context.
Whilst studying, Lucy undertook a full-time internship with Hand and Lock, becoming part of the Hand Embroidery team, working on the restoration of the King Edward VII banner which was a high-profile commission from the Royal Family. She has worked as a Junior Freelance Embroider for Ralph and Russo alongside some of the best embroiderers within the fashion industry and expanded her skills base whilst producing couture garments and accessories. Other experience was gained on Jasper Conran’s SS 2020 collection at the beginning of September 2019; Autumn/Winter 2020 E.Tautz menswear collection; a workshop with textile artist Celia Pym; most recently with the private couturier Catherine Walker, where she worked as part of a two-person team to produce the embellished panels for a piece from their SS20 collection ‘Cora’. Within her degree program, she has also worked as part of collaborations with artists such as Susan Aldworth where she produced embroidery for the ‘Out of the Blue’ exhibition. Her most recent personal project was in collaboration with the team at the Royal School of Needlework and the University for the Creative Arts where she produced an embroidery challenge accessible to all skill levels for people to produce during the lockdown caused by COVID-19. Her ‘NHS Embroidery Challenge’ has, so far, had over 240 responses. She was a key-note speaker at the ‘Textiles from Home: Embroidery in Isolation’ conference hosted by the University of Wisconsin Madison in 2021. She has also freelanced for both Womenswear and Menswear at Alexander McQueen. Lucy has also worked on numerous projects for private clients such as the Marshall Wace 2021 Chelsea in Bloom Installation which won a silver RHS award.
In November 2021, Lucy's work was exhibited as part of the Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery exhibition where she won two Associate Awards: The Royal School of Needlework Award for Innovation and Technical Excellence in Hand Embroidery and The Worshipful Company of Broderers Award. Her work is being exhibited in 2022 as part of the Broderer's Exhibition in February and is also being displayed at the Fashion and Textile Museum from April until September as part of the Royal School of Needlework's 150th Anniversary exhibition: Crown to Catwalk.