Believe it or not my 3 year journey through the Royal School of Needlework Future Tutors Programme has finally come to an end.
The graduation ceremony was held on Monday 4th July 2022 and, after being handed the highly sought after Purple Badge along with my certificate, I can now call myself a qualified RSN Tutor. After an intense and turbulent 3 years encompassing Covid, online and multi-mode learning, and multiple Lockdowns it was great to be able to finally celebrate with family and friends. I was fortunate to have both my ever understanding husband and my lovely neice come along to watch the proceedings and of course take a few celebratory photos.
The unexpected surprise of the day for me was being awarded the prize for Best Signature Piece. The Signature Piece is the name given to the final major project requirement of the Future Tutors Programme. We are encouraged to create an embroidered piece where we get free rein to choose the design and techniques, and we are asked to showcase what we can really do with embroidery. The planning, sampling, and creation of the work takes most of the final year and culminates in a formal presentation to a panel of assessors. I have not published much information about my piece, as I am hoping to enter it into the Hand and Lock Global prize for embroidery competition, so unfortunately it will remain under-wraps for a while yet.
The graduation ceremony was followed with a quick tour through the exhibition of student works, where I had four of my FTP embroideries on display. I was also able to give my family a sneeky peek at a commission piece I have been working on in the studio – for which I am one of the 2 designers – so that was an extra bit fun. We then went off to have a lovely communal lunch in the palace gardens. After our family members had headed home, we proceeded to the closest pub to really let the hair down.
It was a wonderful way to end the three years which I have spent with four other amazing women (my fellow students Amanda, Natalie, Sonia and Nao) who all love embroidery as much as I do. I will be staying in the UK for a few more months, hopefully to finally undertake some of my travel plans that have been so constrained before this. Then it is back to Australia to commence the new adventure as a freelance Embroidery specialist.
A key goal on returning to Australia will be to establish the RSN Australian Satellite in Brisbane, and once I have scoped out a suitable venue, and established a program and schedule, I will be looking for expressions of interest for students who would like to commence an RSN Certificate via classes in Australia. So much yet to do, but this ends my story of attending the Future Tutors Programme, …. for now …..
Thanks for both following along on the adventure with me, and also many thanks for the continuing encouragement.