Judy Barry: XM70.1

Another slide from the archive of students’ work held by the VRC, this one from the 1986 Embroidery degree show records a collection of linen garments with integrated bags by Joanie Finnerty. For me, these remain a pinnacle of excellence and creativity.

For the very first time, the Blind-Hemstitch machine was used to create an all-over surface feature (its usual purpose was simply to sew an invisible hem). Machine stitched and applied decoration transform the linen cloth. Within this collection, both construction and surface detail are co-ordinated superbly, and the garments form a stunning and timeless composition when seen as a group.

It has given me immense pleasure to view this slide once again.

Judy Barry

Embroidery Lecturer, 1966-2005



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