Goldwork Demonstration by Mary Brown

Lecture Room, Peranakan Museum
08 Jan 2017
2.30 to 4.30pm
Free admission to programme.

Some historical and contemporary techniques used in goldwork embroidery will be shown, with both 100% metal threads and those with a fibre core. A great variety of 100% metal threads will be displayed. You will be amazed how jewel-like goldwork embroidery can be when using the 100% metal threads. The fibre-core metal threads are mostly used for what is called “laid work”. This technique and its permutations will be demonstrated, and it too has a glorious appearance.

Goldwork embroidery looks daunting but really is not so difficult. Mary will share her tricks of the trade with you.


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About the speaker

Mary Brown did her training as an embroiderer at the Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Court Palace, UK. She specializes in metal thread embroidery, and has published on the subject: Goldwork Embroidery: Projects and Designs (2007). This opened the door to collaboration with academics, and opportunities to work as a tutor and practitioner in the field. She is currently a sessional lecturer in the Fashion & Textile Design department of the University of Technology, Sydney, and a tutor for the Embroiderers’ Guild NSW, Australia.

Mary has been collaborating with Dr Cheah Hwei-F’en, guest curator for the Nyonya Embroidery exhibition at the Peranakan Museum, over the past 12 months.