The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge – Justine Aldersey-Williams

Contemporary embroidery art via Mr X Stitch

Justine Aldersey-Williams is a surface pattern and textile designer from the UK.

Justine Aldersey-Williams - New Designers Flyer

I have developed an eco-textile practice involving dyeing silk with wild flowers, roots and bark using shibori resist techniques, then letting the patterns inspire my philosophical graffiti which is embroidered by hand onto scarves. I am inspired by being outside and never grew out of my child-like wonder and appreciation for nature. I love the immediacy of the computerised world but recognise my need to balance it with some slow, organic, intuitive creativity.

Justine Aldersey-Williams - Sacred Mundane Silk Scarf

I like the interaction that takes place when using natural materials such as herbal dyes and ethically sourced fabrics. I feel they bring a provenance and wisdom to the creative process which often surprises and challenges me to relinquish my control.

This way of working balances my other life as a freelance digital surface pattern designer and whilst I love the immediate thrill of digital design, there is a wise, sustainable provenance to my latest work which honours the slow pleasure of making by hand.

Justine Aldersey-Williams - Timeless Travellers Silk Scarf

“I embroider poems that bubble into my consciousness in the early hours of the morning as a result (I think) of yoga and meditation. I like the idea that glimpses of text on a scarf might intrigue or inspire the viewer.

“I hope to contribute towards the introduction of sustainable textile production in the U.K. by offering others tuition in eco-textiles.”

Justine Aldersey-Williams - Lotus Dragonfly

I am always pleased to hear from new designers and graduates who are exploring textile spaces and ideas. The contrast between Justine’s dyed work and her digital designs show a breadth of idea and it’ll be interesting to watch the concepts evolve even further.

Justine Aldersey-Williams - Cloud Gazer Treehugger


Visit Justine’s website to enjoy more of her work and check out her blog for process shots – she’s trying all manner of techniques!

Justine Aldersey-Williams - Saucy Sailor Work In Progress

Justine is one of many new talents exhibiting at New Designers in London from 26th – 29th on stand CAA20. New Designers is a must-see showcase of graduate work across a range of media, and is a fantastic resource for ideas and inspiration.

This video gives you a flavour of what’s there. For more information visit the New Designers website.



The Cutting & Stitching Edge is brought to you in association with PUSH: Stitchery, the must-have embroidered art book by Mr X Stitch !