Metaphor Textile Group

Metaphor Textile Group

Rosie Jackson – About me

I have sewn and worked with textiles for as long as I can remember – as far back as making very inventive dolls’ outfits from scraps of fabric found in my Grandmas rag bag. I have been a dressmaker for 35 years, running my own business making wedding dresses and bespoke outfits.

My love of creative embroidery began after the birth of my third child when I was diagnosed with post-natal depression. I attended an embroidery class in my village as a way of therapy and then went on to study City and Guilds in Creative Embroidery. Sharing my passion with others was something I was keen to do so I enrolled on a PGCE course via Huddersfield University.

For ten years I taught accredited course in Textiles, Art and Design and Fashion for Craven College and North Yorkshire Adult Learning Centre, which included working with mental health groups, special needs and adults seeking a way back into employment. I now have my own little school with around 30 students studying creative embroidery and fashion.

After visiting the festival of quilts a few three years ago I became fascinated by the Art Quilts. My knowledge of patchwork was self-taught so I decided to enrol on a City and Guilds in Patchwork and Quilting. I am now half way through my diploma and loving every minute of it.

Colour and line play an important part in my work. My inspiration comes from many places and I love the North West Coast and the Highlands of Scotland. They are so atmospheric – the play of light on the mountains and the sea stir my soul. There is something so beautiful and magical about the area, even in bad weather. I paint, sketch and take many photographs whilst I am on holiday and have used this to inspire my studies.

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