Olivia Awarded Internship at Hand and Lock
Olivia has been awarded an internship at Hand & Lock, a prestigious embroidery house in London!
“I am thrilled to be offered a rare opportunity to work with a prestigious and historically significant embroidery house such as Hand & Lock”, said Olivia Torma, the founder, designer, maker and curator of Mooshi – Handmade with Love.
Having only recently learned to master the difficult technique of tambour beading, also known in France as crochet de Luneville where it originates, Olivia is thankful that her skill and ability to learn new embroidery techniques quickly is being recognised by professional embroiderers.
“Hand & Lock is a distinguished and historically significant institution in the world of embroidery and rivals against other embroidery houses such as Lesage in Paris owned by Chanel.”
“They have been producing fine hand embroidery since 1767 and have embroidered for some of the world’s most celebrated and iconic clientele including Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, and of course the Royal Family.
They also embroidered a dress made for Marilyn Monroe in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”. See more of the impressive embroidery produced by Hand & Lock in their work portfolio.
How did the offer come about?
“Hand & Lock were impressed with my progress on Mastered where I’m enrolled in their online embroidery classes in gold work and tambour beading.”
“The classes are the best I have seen online and have helped me master tambour beading to a proficient level beyond what I could have achieved in a short time frame from a book. The Hand & Lock and Mastered staff are very supportive and generous with their feedback as well. I highly recommend their courses to anyone wanting to learn embroidery at an introductory level online.”
So when is the internship?
Olivia is yet to confirm a date. “I’m hoping to be there around Spring or early Summer of next year (2015) so I can avoid the cold weather. I’m looking forward to spending time at the V&A and hopping across the Channel to Paris as well! I can’t wait”
What will you be doing during your internship?
“The Production Director at Hand & Lock, Jessica Pile says I’ll be doing a range of things during the one week placement:
♥ helping around the studio on machine embroidery jobs;
♥ prepping work for the embroiders;
♥ helping designers on larger jobs;
♥ learning more embroidery techniques;
♥ helping the studio manager with the day to day running of the studio; and
♥ working on the embroidery frame with professional embroiderers in the Hand & Lock studio.
It will be an unforgettable and rewarding experience for me both personally and professionally as an aspiring couture dressmaker. I’m looking forward to sharing my experience with Mastered colleagues and the Couture Privileges community on Mooshi – Handmade with Love. Thank you Hand & Lock and Mastered.”