Jacky Puzey

contemporary embellished narratives of migration and exchange

Jacky Puzey is based in Bristol and creates extraordinary one-off machine embroideries, based on her closely observed and colourful drawings of the natural world, especially exotic birds. She describes herself as both designer-maker and “digital artisan”, combining digital innovation and craftsmanship. She specialises in work for luxury interiors where there is strong appreciation of contemporary collectable craftsmanship and innovative design.

Jacky says, “My work involves collaboration across ideas, artists, materials and processes: collaboration with other artists, designers, curators and makers is crucial to the development of my work. The embroideries bring alive cultural allegiances, to create contemporary embellished narratives of migration and exchange across cultures, from multicultural graffii’d cityscapes to historical textile motifs and traditional cloths.” Jacky’s designs bring together influences of contemporary urban Chinoiserie, new urban wildlife, 19th century scenic wallpapers, Japanese kimono fabric, tattoo imagery and the tactility of fur.

Her Decorex display includes new cocktail chairs developed and made in close collaboration with upholsterer Leighanne Treadwell, founder of Bristol Upholstery Collective and pioneering social entrepreneur, as well as insider advice from Reloved Upholstery, Ercol’s favourites.

Jacky was part of Craft Council’s Hothouse programme in 2016 and is new to Design-Nation in 2017.