I know I'm supposed to write this in the third person and be all fancy but that's not what I'm about. So hi. I'm Niamh Lily Wimperis, and as far as I can tell, I'm the only person with that name in the whole world. Which is cool. I come from an incredibly creative wonderful family and basically I was always going to end up in art. I have a BA in photography, and after graduating worked a series of retail/service jobs that made me miserable. So I took up embroidery. I don't remember why embroidery exactly, but I do remember I had no idea what I was doing. Trying to stitch with machine threads was the least of it. That was nearly 6 years ago.
In 2016 I decided a Masters Degree would be a fun, relaxing thing to do, and set about getting a Masters in Contemporary Craft from Plymouth College of Art. Relaxing it was not, but it was definitely fun, with my final piece being a collaboratively made, interactive Blanket Fort. I have a Masters in building Blanket Forts. You can read more about that process here. I promise quite a lot of thought went into it.
In September 2018 I filmed The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts, which aired on BBC2 in January 2019. I consider it to be a slightly life altering experience, and one I am truly grateful to have had. For a month I lived with 5 other incredibly talented makers, and we were transported back to the 1890s, essentially living, breathing, eating and dressing the Arts and Crafts movement. I've written a short blog post about getting selected for the show (click here).
And here we are, and I'm still stitching. And it still brings me such joy, I mean true overwhelming, I love every second of this joy. From the initial drawing, colour choosing, careful thread placement, and then the tight excitement in your stomach when you're so close to finishing a piece you've spent 8,9,10 hours on, I love all of it. The noise the thread makes when pulled through fabric, the repetitive, soothing nature of the movements, the fact that the movements haven't changed in centuries, the link to the women who have embroidered throughout history, I love all of that too.