Textile graduate earns national recognition

Amanda Woollard is pictured with some of her textile creations

Bradford College graduate Amanda Woollard has picked up a prestigious honour for her textile work.

Amanda, who achieved a First Class BA (Hons) degree in Textiles and Surface Design from Bradford School of Art in 2015, has been made an Embroiderers’ Guild Scholar.

She collected the title in the over 30s category and is one of only two recipients nationally.

The honour has led to her being featured in Embroidery magazine and also resulted in her exhibiting her work with the Embroiderers’ Guild at major events in London, Dublin and Harrogate.

She has also shown her work with the Society of Designer Craftsmen at the Mall Galleries and now works as a freelance textile artist taking commissions, giving talks and running workshops.

Amanda had been working at Ikea as a kitchen designer when she decided to return to education in her 40s.

It is a decision she doesn’t regret.

“Making the decision to go back into education has been an amazing experience and impacted my career path greatly,” said the Batley-based designer.

“The course allowed me to be experimental with textiles.

“I was able to work with new machinery including laser cutters, looms, knitting machines and embellishers.

“The print studio allowed my confidence to grow and me to express my creativity. Embroidery has always been a comfortable subject and something I have done since childhood but the course allowed me to develop my skills.

“The academic side allowed me to research subjects and read. I really enjoyed using the library and the archives in Bradford.”