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Hand Embroidery graduate wins the Cockpit Arts Creative Careers Award

A BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery for Fashion, Interiors and Textile Art graduate has been awarded the Cockpit Arts Creative Careers Award.

Harriet Stiles graduated in 2014 with first class honours from the course - which is taught at The Royal School of Needlework (RSN), Hampton Court Palace - and has received recognition from Cockpit Arts, an award winning social enterprise and the UK’s only business incubator for craftspeople. Cockpit Arts houses up to 170 small businesses at their two centres in central and south London. They support craft practitioners at the start of their careers, as well as those who are more established.

Harriet says: “Confident with my product but lacking the business advice and seeking a mentor, The Prince’s Trust seemed like the perfect support for me. Once enrolled as one of their Entrepreneurs, I spoke of my desire to be based in London, but concern over high studio rents and the pressure to succeed very early on to make it worthwhile.

"The Creative Careers Programme, is run between The Prince’s Trust and Cockpit Arts, sponsoring studio space for design makers. Before I knew it, my application was in and the waiting game began.  

"Now with contracts signed and keys in hand, I am filled with mixed emotions. On the one hand, I am overjoyed to be moving to the hustle and bustle of London and getting settled into my new studio in Holborn, but will bid a fond farewell to the people and space I have shared for the past year at Artsite3 in my hometown of Hereford. Onwards and upward…”

In May of this year, The Worshipful Company of Girdlers awarded Harriet a Golden Medallion, for the way she has developed her business since graduating. Medallions are given to individuals in recognition of their talents and endeavours.

Harriet Stiles RSN