The 51-year-old from Morpeth has made it down to the top six in
the textiles competition, over thousands of entries from across the
world and will attend the final awards ceremony in London at the
Bishopsgate Institute this November.
After deciding to turn her hobby into a career, Suzanne enrolled
onto a course at Northumberland College last year, to follow her
dreams of working in the fashion industry.
Towards the end of 2015, tutors encouraged students to submit a
piece of work to the prestigiousinternational competition known as
"The Prize" and Suzanne entered a piece into the textiles student
Hand and Lock are well known for providing embellishment
services to the Royal Family, Michael Jackson, top European design
houses, the Royal Armed Forces, Savile Row and members of the
The Annual Hand and Lock Prize for Embroidery was
established in 2000 to give new designers, interested in
embroidery, the opportunity to showcase their talents and gain
vital exposure and experience.
Patrick O'Doherty, Head of Art Design, IT, Digital and Business
at Northumberland College said: "Over a decade later the Prize
receives thousands of entries from fashion students
and talented enthusiasts from all over the world. Former
winners have gone on to start their own successful business or work
in the industry for top design houses.
"It is a tremendous experience and achievement for Suzanne and
we wish her all the best for the finals in November and hope this
encourages other students to take part in future competitions."
Fashion entrants like Suzanne, are asked to design a fashion
garment that takes inspiration from the Prize brief, with the
submission being used to showcase design skill as well as ability
to embroider by hand. Judges look at concept, execution,
construction, hand embroidery skill and overall presentation.
Those who are placed within the top three receive a placement, a
weekend course and a unique handmade embroided piece to keep, as
well as one year's subscription to Hand and Lock.
Suzanne said: "What started off as a hobby is turning into the
start of a very promising career in an area I love. Hand and Lock
are huge in the textiles industry, so to have come this far after
only one year of studying is an exceptional achievement."
"I am so proud of myself and grateful to all of the support
Northumberland College have offered me and can't wait to get stuck
into my second year of studies."
Those who study on a HND Fashion and Textiles course will study
all aspects of textiles including, surface decoration and
embellishments, textiles for interiors and printed and fine art
HNDs are nationally recognised vocational qualifications and
offer a 'fast track' two-year route into work in the creative
To find out more about Northumberland College's courses in
Fashion and Textiles visit www.northumberland.ac.uk