Jacky Puzey

Dandy Parakeets Cocktail Chairs by Jacky Puzey

We love Jacky’s take on contemporary chinoiserie, where she wittily teams urban squirrels and foxes with the peacocks and pomegranates of a traditional Chinese garden.

Combining traditional embroidery skills with digital technology, Jacky creates statement furniture pieces and rich, textured artwork from a variety of materials including velvet, silk, fur, feathers, tweed and organza. Her inspiration is often rooted in the collision of the natural and the manmade – urban foxes are as likely to find their way into her designs as the leopards of Mumbai. She particularly enjoys tracing the symbolism of animal, flower and pattern motifs across cultures – such as the fact that Koi carp were once kept in Japanese villages to keep the waterways clean as well as being highly ornamental, “They symbolise endeavour, perseverance and overcoming troubles, featuring on Hanten firemen’s jackets as protective motifs, for example.”

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Peacock and Squirrel Ottoman by Jacky Puzey

The Peacock and Squirrel Ottoman

Hare Screen by Jacky Puzey

Hare Screen

Dandy Parakeets cocktail chair by Jacky Puzy, photography by Jo Hounsome Photography

The Dandy Parakeets Cocktail Chair

Dandy Parakeets screen by Jacky Puzey, Jo Hounsome Photography

Dandy Parakeets Screen

Koi footstool by Jacky Puzey, photography by Jo Hounsome Photography

Koi Footstools

Jacky Puzey

Jacky Puzey originally trained in Fine Art working in installation, photography and later costume and pattern-cutting. In 2014, she completed her PhD in Fashion, Textiles and Visual Culture at Bath Spa University where she honed her skills in digital embroidery and tailoring. She also received funding from Arts Council England to produce a collaborative theatrical project, Shade, which focused on fashion, dress and food as a cultural exchange.

Jacky uses lavish textiles combined with digital embroidery to create her distinctive imagery and design signature. The animal kingdom is a constant source of inspiration for her with designs that include foxes, ravens, hares, koi carp, parakeets and peacocks. However, there is nothing twee about the scenes that she creates – while her work may reference 19th-century allegorical still life paintings, it also speaks of contemporary, urban themes.

Jacky has received several prizes and accolades, including the Hand and Lock Prize for Embroidery 2015 and being selected for the Crafts Council’s national Hothouse business development scheme. Her current collection includes statement cocktail chairs and screens, as well as intricate, embroidered wallpapers.

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