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Friday, November 15, 2013
The student category, which drew the loudest cheers of the night, was won by Claire Morris from Falmouth University. Her use of two dimensional intricate embroidery impressed the audience with it’s inventive and original construction. Humble, but elated, Morris clearly overwhelmed at the honour, declared she hadn’t thought to prepare a speech because she couldn’t have imagined winning. Her winning garment used flocking, dentelle a l’aiguille and white organza to great effect.
Alastair Macleod, in a fully embroidered Georgian inspired frock coat, conducted proceedings. Firstly introducing talks from Diana Springer and Gordon Millings before proudly announcing the winners. Gordon says: “The changing format of the event over 13 years has reinvigorated the Prize and set it back on track. The student and the open category entries were of a similar high standard and their success was due to the changing face contemporary embroidery.”
Beata Kania and Claire Morris both receive cheques for $5,000 along with the priceless prestige associated with winning The Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery Design.