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Jackie O'Malley

I have always sewn starting with clothes for my Sindy doll. I was fortunate to have an inspirational dressmaking teacher at school who was studying embroidery and brought her samples in to show us. I decided then that I too would one day do a City and Guilds qualification in embroidery. It took about 30 years, a career as a lawyer, a family (who had as many handmade things as I could manage) but I did it and then discovered dyeing and printing textiles.


This led me to the Textiles Foundation at Morley and onto the Advanced Workshop – and many friends who share my love of all things fabric. I also hold City & Guilds qualifications in Creative Embroidery and in Textiles; I am a member of Embroiderers’ Guild and a member of an exhibiting embroidery group, Breakaway ‘92.


I am inspired by textures and patterns around me, using such things as text, cells, land forms and buildings which I manipulate and use to print and embroider. I use many different textile techniques to create colour and texture in my work. I like to explore 3D fabric sculpture and dress forms.