I recently discovered^ a contemporary textile artist and designer named Chloe Patience who lives and works in Edinburgh, Scotland.
She specializes in unique hand embroidery and embellishment for the fashion and interiors market on a freelance basis. It is not surprising that she has won numerous awards for her detailed work when you look at the examples below:
Chloe comes from a creative family and had an avid interest in art and design from an early age. She completed her BA( Hons) and M(Des) Postgraduate degree in Textiles at the Glasgow School of Art and Edinburgh College of Art, and initially thought she would like a career in fashion. However, during her studies she discovered that her real passion was textiles. She felt that the two are so intertwined that she could create fashion through textiles – which is exactly what she did.
Chloe and her friend and co designer, Mhairi McNicol, created the acclaimed hosiery and body wear label 'Bebaroque' in 2007. Its unique designs were stocked in many of the worlds leading luxury department stores such as Harrods, Liberty's and Selfridges in London. Chloe's eye catching designs have been worn both on and off stage by many musical artists such as Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Ellie Goulding and Christina Aguilera.1
The Bebaroque business closed in 2013 and after taking some time to start a family, Chloe now focuses on her freelance embroidery design, offering a truly unique and delicate approach to any given project.
She loves to make three-dimensional embroidery effects with stitch and uses many traditional techniques to achieve this such as stumpwork, turkey work, French knots and 3D beading. Nowadays, Chloe works mostly on commissions and project briefs, so her inspiration can change and take many different forms. 2
Chloe is passionate about the environment and the impact of climate change on our world. She is conscious that the textile industry plays a large part in contributing to climate change. In recent years has been involved in projects with the V&A Dundee, Scotland’s design museum, promoting sustainable approaches to fashion and textile design. 2
Apart from this, she contributes her part to the cause by keeping all her scraps knowing they will be useful for a project in the future. She seeks out second hand beads and discarded jewellery, and even repurposes old packaging. She combines these unconventional materials with traditional stitches to create rich, multi-layered pieces, often in 3D. 2
Isn’t her work just exquisite?
You can read more about Chloe’s past projects and how she is constantly questioning her methods in order to get the best results, if you click here.
- With thanks to chloepatience.com
- With thanks to TextileArtist.org
^The website, www.textileartist.org, features a number of textile artists, if you wish to read about other artists like Chloe.