Justine Bonenfant
The Broderers' Company
Winter | 2015

Justine is a London-based embellishment designer and embroidery artisan. Through her work, she likes experimenting with timeless techniques such as Luneville, Goldwork and Silkshading, which she then translates into contemporary designs. Originally from the north of France, a region with a rich textile heritage, she has always been fascinated by craftsmanship and intricate handmade work. After a degree in Fashion Design at Esmod International, she assisted designers in Marrakech and London. Whilst doing fabric research in Milan and Paris, Justine met highly skilled artisans who inspired and furthered her love for handcrafted textiles. She improved her technical knowledge in hand embroidery at the prestigious Lesage School in Paris, attending Haute Couture and Interior Design professional training.

The QEST Broderers’ Company grant enabled her to follow a six month apprenticeship at Hand & Lock, a traditional embroidery company that has been in operation since 1767, where she has the opportunity to build on her embroidery skills in Monogramming and Goldwork. Justine believes that these intricate heritage skills need to be preserved and are essential to propel her career forward.

Justine works as a freelance artisan for luxury design houses including Ralph & Russo and Jasper Conran. She has recently undertaken a crystal embroidery project for fashion designer Pinghe, winner of the Swarovski award. She now aims to promote her craft and pass down her skills through residencies, master classes and exhibiting.