Success for SDC bursary recipient
As an educational charity, SDC is committed to supporting people in their colour education journey. Occasionally students may need a helping hand financially and we have funding available to offer a limited number of bursaries each year.
Jo Horton is a Senior Lecturer in Mixed Media Textiles at De Montfort University – one of SDC’s college members – in Leicester. She is also an SDC bursary recipient and was recently highly commended in the Embroiderers’ Guild Beryl Dean Award for Teaching Excellence in Embroidery and Design for 2017.
The award is for academics who can demonstrate effective and ongoing teaching success and for people with a talent that will provide the next generation with outstanding practitioners; individuals who generously and tirelessly inspire and enhance the learning experience and care passionately about the future of embroidery. Previous recipients have included Karen Nicol, RDI FRSA Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art MA (RCA).
The judging panel were impressed by Jo’s enthusiasm and infectious approach to teaching, her commitment to the teaching of stitch at an advanced level and the way she has engaged in cutting edge research which she was willing to share with her students.
Jo commented: “My research at De Montfort University has focused on the ways in which fashion textiles has been transformed by metallic embellishment looking at the role traditional craft techniques have had in the desirability of luxury and avant-garde clothing. I have conceived a way of producing metallic embroidery with unique colour and surface effects grown in a tank. The bursary awards I received from the SDC were pivotal in the development of my PhD and work as a metal ‘horticulturalist’ both in terms of the financial support I received and feedback.
As a designer more used to working in an artist’s studio or textiles workshop I have found a new home in a laboratory using chemistry, copper and electric current rather than needle and thread to create artisanal textiles inspired by the Elkingtons and Co archive at the V&A.
I have plans to combine electroformed embellishment with hand stitch in the production of fashion textiles and further develop the exquisite iridescent colour effects that grown metal can produce”.
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