Textile designer Claire Morris, who graduated from Falmouth earlier this year, has won first prize in the Student Category at this year's Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery 2013, receiving £3,500 in prize money.
From a shortlist of six finalists in the Student Category, Claire was announced winner at the ceremony in London last Thursday. The judges were particularly impressed by Claire's use of three-dimensional embroidery with its inventiveness, original construction, and her contemporary use of dentelle a l'aiguille. Claire's work stood out as a clear winner, with its striking and technically masterful take on the 'Marie Antoinette vs 1960s Moon Landings' brief.
Falmouth University was also awarded the Institutional Prize as the highest placed university to embed the competition brief into the academic curriculum, winning £6,000 worth of Wilcom digital embroidery software. This prize was received on behalf of the University by Hannah Maughan Senior Lecturer in Textile Design.
On Claire's win Hannah commented: "I am personally delighted at Claire's success as she is an exceptional designer, and her ability to creatively engage with technique is outstanding. At Falmouth we strive to push the boundaries of embroidery and stitching and are recognised within the industry as producing graduates of a highly creative and technical caliber who stand out amongst their peers."
This success comes two years after Sabrina Shirazi won second prize with Falmouth winning another institutional prize, £1,000 of Madeira Thread sponsorship, and adds to the ever growing list of past successes, including: Victoria Geary (Commendation 2008); Alice Richardson (second prize 2007); and Laura Shambrook (first prize 2004).
The Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery has been running since 2000. This prestigious annual prize is internationally recognised, attracting students and professionals from around the world. The aim of the prize is to promote the use of hand embroidery, making it relevant to the modern world.