22. Embroidery-5671Lucy Barter

Lucy Barter is from Suffolk, England, and is a graduate of the University of Northumbria, where she obtained a BA Honors Degree in Fashion Design. Specializing in children’s wear, she designed for established children’s fashion labels in Britain and America, including the Gap, Gymboree and Pottery Barn Kids. While designing, Lucy developed a special interest in the finer details and embellishments of the garments and sought to further her studies and passion for needlework by enrolling into the Royal School of Needlework’s Apprenticeship program in 2003.

During the apprenticeship, Lucy worked on many exciting projects, including the Alter Frontal for Canterbury Cathedral, conservation of a Walter Crane 19th Century screen, and an album cover for Sir Paul McCartney. Lucy graduated with distinction at the top of her class in 2006 while also winning the acclaimed Clothworkers Guild Kneeler Prize. Lucy then stayed with the Royal School of Needlework for a short while to teach new students in the Apprenticeship program.

In 2007, Lucy moved to San Francisco and immediately opened her own business – Forever Embroidery Studio. Lucy’s passion and primary mission is to continue the sharing of traditional embroidery techniques passed on to her while at the Royal School of Needlework. Lucy continues to teach embroidery classes and also specializes in restoration and conservation works on commission. From 2007 to 2015, Lucy acted as an ambassador and instructor for the Royal School of Needlework in the USA.

Lucy’s knowledge and expertise has not gone unnoticed in the San Francisco Bay Area, she was the resident embroidery teacher at Filoli, a country house and garden owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and designated a California Historic Landmark. Lucy has lectured at many of the SF bay area embroidery guilds, at the Commonwealth Club, and at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco.  She can also be seen teaching on line with Craftsy.com, where her class in Goldwork is attracting global attention.

annalee photoAnnalee Levin

Annalee Levin is a visual artist who works in a range of formats including sculpture, video, and textiles. She is passionate about traditional craft and its potential for application to modern themes and contexts. In recent years, hand embroidery has become central to her art practice.

Annalee received a BA in Studio Art from Macalester College and an MFA from the sculpture department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She also studied traditional hand embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework in the UK. She exhibits her art internationally and teaches regularly in the Bay Area and abroad.

ElliceEllice Sperber

Ellice Sperber is an embroidery specialist, tracing the art back to her great grandmother, who sold her hand-embroidered fashions from her Los Angeles boutique. Ellice practiced needlepoint as a young girl and later apprenticed in embroidery while performing with the Zadruga Folk Ensemble in Los Angeles, where she worked on the company’s collection of Bulgarian, Serbian and Croatian costumes. Ellice was the Artistic Director of The LA Sign Company (a theater company that blended the talents of hearing and hearing-impaired actors), and, after receiving her BA in Linguistics, enjoyed a career as an American Sign Language Interpreter. While raising her two daughters, Ellice served on non-profit boards in the fields of education and learning, including, Gateway Public Schools, Parents Education Network, Northern California Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, and Northern California International Dyslexia Association.

Ellice has continued to embroider since her days as a young dancer. Finding her passion for the art form continuing to deepen, Ellice began studying with the Royal School of Needlework and achieved a Diploma in 2014. Dedicated to preserving and promoting the knowledge and practice of hand embroidery, she co-founded San Francisco School of Needlework and Design the following year. She also currently serves on the Board of Advisors of Nest, a non-profit leveraging global craft development as a tool for positive social change. She restores heirloom embroideries out of her home studio and is writing a book on Pulled Thread Embroidery.