Jacqui has been a practicing craftsperson since completing her BA(Hons) degree in Textiles at West Surrey College of Art and Design in 1985. She is renowned for her work as a braidmaker and for her analysis of historic textiles. Taking inspiration from the world of braids, Jacqui’s work pushes out the boundaries beyond the traditional.
In 2005, Jacqui became a QEST Scholar, enabling her to continue her object-based research into British braids held in museum collections. Her analysis of these structures has enabled her to reconstruct examples using obsolete techniques. In the process, Jacqui also uncovered a wealth of knowledge about forgotten embroidery stitches.
In 2007, Jacqui was awarded an MA (Distinction) in the History of Textile & Dress from the Textile Conservation Centre. Jacqui’s willingness to share her expertise has seen her exhibit and teach worldwide. She is also the author of over ten books.