Justine Bonenfant

Hand and Lock – Embroidery Workshops 2019

Justine visited us in August 2019 to deliver Hand & Lock classes in haute couture embroidery techniques, not commonly taught in Western Australia, such as Goldwork and Tambour Beading.

Justine Bonenfant, originally from northern France, is an embellishment designer and embroidery artisan. Following a fashion degree at Esmod International, Justine assisted designers in Marrakech and London. Whilst researching fabric in Milan and Paris she developed a fascination with handcrafted textiles. This led her to the prestigious Lesage School in Paris to improve her knowledge in hand embroidery, from Luneville to silk-shading.

In 2010 Justine received the QEST Broderers’ Company grant enabling her to follow a six-month apprenticeship at traditional embroidery company Hand & Lock. At Hand & Lock she mastered the couture embroidery technique Tambour Beading, the traditional ceremonial embroidery technique of Goldwork and monogramming. She is now one of the highly skilled teachers at Hand & Lock specialising in these techniques.

Through her work, Justine experiments to translate these timeless embroidery techniques into contemporary design, for example combining plastic with precious gold. Justine has also worked with luxury design houses, including Ralph & Russo and Jasper Conran.

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Justine Bonenfant, Hand andLock2019

Q&A – maker of the week

Justine Bonenfant

Justine highlights in a short & sweet Q&A her inspirations and her desire to see better acknowledgement of the many skilled artisans who contribute to the fashion houses and who rarely get a mention.

Ed Ayres interviewed Justine for ABC Radio National’s The Arts Show while she was in Perth.