My name is Jess Strain. I graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Textiles: Innovation and Design from Loughborough University in 2020. I have over 12 months experience in the textile industry, having worked for a bespoke embroidery studio in London and a textile print studio in Copenhagen.
My practice is focused on combining heritage textile techniques with contemporary machine led processes. I look to nature for inspiration and use natural dyeing as my main source of colour.
I’m currently based in South Devon working as an artist in residence at Totnes Art & Design Foundation Course where I give workshops on embroidery & sustainability. I also work as a seamstress at a made to measure curtain workshop. I’m working towards a personal project where I plan to host workshops on sustainable textile design and techniques.
Press, Exhibitions & Awards
My concept piece 'Biodegradable Kimono' was awarded a Creative Conscience Award in 2021 in recognition of my creative talents which share the vision for a fairer, healthier and more sustainable & regenerative world.
Making It aims to be the leading showcase for emerging artists, makers and designers in the South West, celebrating innovation, diversity and collaboration in craft and making. The exhibition features 21 emerging talents who have been selected from nearly 75 submissions by a panel drawn from creative organisations across the South West.
"Processing" is an exhibition showcasing a group of textile artists who use intensive hand processes within their practice, it is a celebration of the skill involved in producing textiles.
From the springboard of the Totnes Art and Design Foundation Course, a group of young artists migrated to universities across the country to pursue their studies. They return now to south Devon with a diverse and energetic exhibition that reflects the development of early-career artists in transition as they establish themselves in their respective fields, from sustainable fashion design to ceramics, illustration and fine art.
Hawthorne & Heaney, a bespoke embroidery studio in the heart of London, sponsored the Loughborough Creative Arts Enterprise Awards: Overall Winner digital embroidery in my graduate collection.
The overall winner was Jessica Strain who has designed items of clothing centred around the theme of sustainable fast fashion.
“A thought-provoking concept driven by sustainable practices and a marketable desire to create change in the fashion industry”.
“Jessica’s graduate collection Nature Reclaiming Spaces, focuses on fusing the best of what modern machinery has to offer with specialist hand led embroidery and lacemaking techniques.”