An Apprentice’s Journeyby Niamh McCooey
Embroiderer and Royal School of Needlework tutor Sara Dennis has launched her first collection in the north of England, at Farfield Mill in Sedbergh. An Apprentice’s Journey - Sara Dennis Embroidery is a collection of embroideries that reveal her progression from novice stitcher to trained professional, during her three years on the Future Tutor Programme at the Royal School of Needlework.
‘Embroidery has long been a hobby of mine,’ Dennis explains, ‘then it became my passion and now it’s my career. After my time in nursing and the forces, I gained a degree in art history and museum studies from Lancaster University and then started the Royal School of Needlework Future Tutor programme where all the pieces for An Apprentice’s Journey were created.’
In addition to her tutoring at the Royal School of Needlework, Dennis also teaches embroidery at other prestigious establishments such as The Victoria and Albert Museum, The British Library and the Royal Free Hospital in London.
She has also worked on high profile commissions including a Nicholas Oakwell Couture evening gown for the GREAT Britain campaign, Magna Carta (An Embroidery) designed by artist Cornelia Parker for the 800th Anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, the Game of Thrones Hardhome Embroidery and Burberry's Maker's House, in partnership with The New Craftsmen. With An Apprentice’s Journey coming to a close on the 21st of May, we highly recommend making the visit.
An Apprentice’s Journey - Sara Dennis Embroidery, until 21 May 2018
Farfield Mill, Garsdale Road, Sedbergh, Cumbria LA10 5LW