Commissions

I offer a bespoke embroidery and beading service, designing in collaboration for your needs, whether you are an artist looking to venture into textiles or are looking for something unique created especially for you, please feel free to contact me with any questions or queries.

Working with Artist Helen David

I have the pleasure of collaborating with Artist and Designer Helen David, co-founder of the fashion label English Eccentrics as her embroiderer. We have been working together for the past 10 years, see the latest pieces we have been creating

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 As a donation for the Cure3 Exhibition 2020, this beautiful little pin cushion was wonderful project to be involved in, raising funds for The Cure Parkinson’s Trust

 

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Large scale Pin Cushions with hand-embroidered metallic gold satin stitch lettering, appliqued embellishments, pinned turquoise lettering, pinned beads, pearls and metal sequins

 

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As part of the Living Quarters project this large scale Pin Cushion has digital printed images pinned with Indian metal sequins, appliqued embellishments, pinned turquoise lettering, pinned beads and pearls. This piece was shown and sold in the 2018 Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy

Bespoke Headbands

 

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Bespoke and handcrafted headbands, for any questions or enquiries please email laurajane@ljsparks.co.uk

Bespoke Custom Cushions

 

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Custom order of my Sequin Snowflake Cushion in grey, with individually hand-sewn sequins and silver lined seed beaded details

Private commission – Bridal Hair Comb

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This bespoke lace and floral hair comb was created for a bride who wanted something uniquely special and designed with her vintage style. With delicate soft textures in varying shades of white it is accented with pearls, nets of seed beads and wire pearl sprays that gently float away from the lace, all adding to its elegant charm

Private commission – Filigree Cushion

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This custom-made rectangular throw pillow was created with a design from my Lace cushion collection. Its machine stitched latticework base and stylised lace combines filigree patterning with lustrous yarns to create an intricately textured surface

Private commission – Chiffon Necklace

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Contemporary jewellery piece with large glass crystals nestled on layers of light charcoal grey chiffon; gathered to create a soft textural quality and frayed to give a modern raw finish.

Working with Artists Helen and Colin David

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I work with Artist/designers Helen and Colin David as their embroiderer. Their ongoing project- Living Quarters is where they live for one quarter of a year in a chosen location and experience and immerse themselves in the culture, people and traditions of the area. Their creative response is realised as individual and collaborative works culminating in a final show.

“Not Only When The Moon Shines” 2012-15 is the second in the series of the Living Quarters project which was inspired by Japanese culture based on their trip to Kyoto. For this I have worked on large scale embroideries incorporating antique kimonos and other sourced Japanese fabrics. I have also worked on various other pieces using techniques including three dimensional padding, embroidery, beading and relief florals. One of the main pieces I was involved in creating was The Kyoto Kimono.

The Kyoto Kimono is a large scale piece at 7metres in length and brings together in a visual form all of the artists’ experiences. This piece includes techniques of felt applique, digital printed applique, free-machine embroidery and padded quilting

 

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In 2010-12 I worked on the Spanish inspired art collection, the first in the series of the Living Quarters project “Edge of Flesh and Dreaming” for Helen and Colin David. During this project I created embroidery embellishments on sourced antique linens using various techniques including hand embroidered satin stitch cursive script, lace applique and embellishment of antique beading/sequins to create textural surfaces and details onto manual/digital prints.

 

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In 2014 I worked with Helen and Colin David on pieces for the “Time Bleeds” exhibition at Folkestone Fringe 2014. I produced for them 100 flags of hand printed bunting in red and white representing Brittan in years of conflict. I also worked on some military embroideries using satin stitched gold embroidered script and created the small “Hope” cross stitch embroidery for “What We Mourn For The Dead Is The Loss Of Their Hopes” piece.

See the full collection of works here

Working with Artist Henry Hussey

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I have been working as an embroiderer to artist Henry Hussey, where I re-create his imagery using intricate machine embroidery. Using detailed layers of colour and embellishments I aim to create sumptuous surfaces and varied textures within each piece.
Hussey then combines these embroideries, interweaving the imagery and text in a collaborative style to construct larger pieces of artwork.