Jill de Búrca has worked in the UK for over five years as a sought after Embroidery and Embellishment Designer who has sold her creations to a wide range of international designers, some of whom include Calvin Klein, Diane Von Furstenberg, BCBG Max Azria, JCrew, Topshop, and Thurley.
An NCAD graduate who studied textiles and specialized in Embroidery for her degree, she moved to Brighton to train with Larch Rose , a highly creative fashion and textile studio who were dedicated to producing innovative and directional work for the fashion industry.
While in Brighton she also trained with Jenny King master embroiderer and while with her worked extensively over the years on the production of Erdem’s exquisitely embroidered clothes. Other clients included Stella McCartney and Mary Katrantzou .
The clothes are crafted by hand using a mixure of intricate embroidery stitched with an antique Irish singer Embroidery machine and hand embellishment. Digital printing and interesting fabric combinations are key elements throughout the collections. Despite the meticulous details, the clothes remain very wearable with an edgy sports luxe edge.
The work is very fashion forward but utilises techniques and craftsmanship from the past. She uses an Irish Singer Embroidery machine to free-hand satin stitch, which is a skill rarely used today. The free-hand satin stitch embroidery that can be produced on an Irish is arguably superior to more recent techniques both in terms of creativity and quality. She is very proud to preserve a technique that could otherwise , sadly, become a dying art. All of the AW16 collection is produced sustainably in Ireland.
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