The Royal School of Needlework (RSN) launches campaign to cast aside the misconception that embroidery is only done by women and to encourage more men to take up this traditional skill and art as a new hobby in 2017. From 18 year old male and female students studying the RSN’s BA (Hons) in Hand Embroidery for Fashion, Interiors, Textile Art, to men and women of all ages taking the RSN’s Certificate & Diploma in Technical Hand Embroidery, the art of hand embroidery is for everyone.
Dr Susan Kay-Williams, Chief Executive of the Royal School of Needlework commented:
“The art of hand embroidery is for men, women, young and old. It can appeal to so many people for all different reasons. Some of our students learn embroidery as a therapeutic hobby, whilst others are very much looking to enhance their skills for their career, in particular, with the resurgence of embroidery in fashion.
“The current Opus Anglicanum exhibition at London’s V&A Museum showcases magnificent craftsmanship of medieval embroidery which was very sought after in its time and interestingly, stitched by both men and women. As always fashion trends come and go, and we are delighted that hand embroidery is back in demand. We want to encourage more people to take up this art as their new hobby and to ensure that these traditional skills continue to pass on to new generations.”
As part of the campaign, the Royal School of Needlework plans to feature photography of its male students in its marketing literature, ads and across social media platforms.
Meet some of students, from the youngest to the oldest, who featured in a recent photoshoot and find out why they have chosen to learn hand embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework.
Brian Hunt, aged 76 from Rugby said: “I really enjoy studying with the RSN. I’ve met so many good friends and learnt so much in the five years I’ve now been doing it.” Brian studies the Advanced Diploma in Technical Hand Embroidery at RSN Midlands.
Devvrut Patel, aged 19 from Kingston-upon-Thames, south west London, studies the BA(Hons) Hand Embroidery for Fashion, Interiors, Textile Art at the RSN in Hampton Court Palace: “The best part of studying hand embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework is the atmosphere we are in. As soon as you walk in to the Palace you just get inspiration from everywhere.”
Will Ovenden, graduated from the RSN BA(Hons) Hand Embroidery for Fashion, Interiors, Textile Art in 2014. He said: “It’s been a really good learning experience in getting to know techniques and then having the skills to take that into the wider world and having the knowledge and strong skill base to work from has been invaluable really.”
The Royal School of Needlework (RSN) is the international centre of excellence for the art of hand embroidery. With a thriving education programme, the RSN offers a range of courses for beginners through to advanced. Students can choose to study short courses, a Certificate & Diploma, BA (Hons) Degree and RSN Future Tutors programme. The RSN is based at the magnificent Hampton Court Palace in south west London. In addition, the school teaches across the UK in Exeter, Bristol, Rugby, Durham and Glasgow, and internationally in Ireland, North America and Japan.
For more information visit royal-needlework.org.uk or call +44 (0)20 3166 6932.