Lucy Martin

BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery for Fashion, Interiors, Textile Art

Theme

‘When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive- to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.’ Marcus Aurelius

‘The Preciousness of Life’ is a meditation on the beauty and serenity of nature married with a sense of nostalgia and family in a series of hand-embroidered sculptural objects. Inspired by Lucy Martin’s garden at her family home, this personal project reflects the aspects of her life she holds most dear through the art of bespoke hand embroidery. This particular body of work comprises a series of glass terrariums, within which sit a series of beautiful hand embroidered florals.

During the COVID-19 lockdown, Lucy moved back into her childhood home and found herself seeking solace and comfort in nature and spending time with her family. Growing up near the Peak District, Lucy has always been surrounded by beautiful scenery. Looking back, this time spent in lockdown is no longer a time of uncertainty and fear, but a time of happiness, filled with precious memories. Family is the most important to Lucy. Her Grandad was a keen artist who painted and sketched beautiful canvases which now fill the walls of the home he shared with her Nana. Taking inspiration from his work, Lucy has incorporated his paintings into and elements of home life to create a personal narrative through the work and incorporate her beliefs and values.

The initial stages of the project began with sketches and paintings of the flowers around Lucy’s family home and nearby gardens. These artistic representations of florals then went on to inspire the final overall aesthetic. The blooms selected for this piece were carefully curated to reflect the people most important in her life; sweet peas because she helped her dad plant them during the lockdown; bluebells such as those that line the woods opposite her nana’s house; alstroemeria which is her mums favourite flower etc.

Colour in florals is integral. When selecting the colour schemes for this piece, Lucy took inspiration from family photo albums. Drawing on key colours found within these pictures and the magical nostalgia of childhood, Lucy put together colour schemes and found species that would fit the overall aesthetic.

Created mainly using Raised work and Stumpwork hand embroidery techniques, ‘The Preciousness of Life’ takes hand-rendered and digitally drawn florals and translates this into stitched artwork. Combining Silk Shading, Goldwork and Tambour Beading techniques (among many others) to create the surface design on the petals, each Terrarium piece contains sculpted flowers stitched into a ground of hand-embroidered moss.

When creating specific floral species in embroidery, Lucy uses Silk Shading with a technique called Both Sides Alike. This allows her to produce petals that are almost true to life with colour shading that is the same on both the front and the back of the petal.

This series of pieces have been designed with luxury interiors as a context.

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 ‘The Preciousness of Life’ is a meditation on the beauty and serenity of nature married with a sense of nostalgia and family in a series of hand embroidered sculptural objects.
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Combining bright and pastel florals and showcasing a range of bespoke couture hand embroidery techniques, this piece is an immortalisation of the floral blooms.
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A hand embroidered ‘Dark Eyes’ Fuchsia inspired by the floral blooms that cascade over the bench in Lucy’s family garden.
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. Inspired by Lucy Martin’s garden at her family home, this personal project reflects the aspects of her life she holds most dear through the art of bespoke hand embroidery.
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Peace is a calming exploration of floral sculpture in cool tones of blue, purple and white. Combining couture embroidery techniques with 3D design, this piece reflects spring in twilight and evokes a sense of quiet and stillness.
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Inspired by her family garden at home, Serenity evokes the feeling of calm and rest found whilst spending contemplative time in nature.