Millie Collins

Millies collection ‘Textile Traces’ focused on combining the traditional and conceptual to create bespoke pieces that consider material movement and connection to place. Her work bridges the practice of making and research, realising ideas through the physical process of stitch.

Most recently Millie partook in The CHANEL & Prince’s Foundation Métiers D’art Fellowship in Partnership with Le19M, an intensive programme that teaches and promotes artisan haute couture embroidery. Throughout the Métiers d’Art Embroidery Fellowship Millie found ways to redefine traditional craft whilst developing the unique designed aesthetic quality of her work. Millie has developed an enhanced technical expertise that honours artisanal skill whilst expanding the position of embroidery into contemporary textiles and art through an authentic approach.


Millie Collins


Textile Designer, Maker, Artist
Embroidery Specialist

BA Textile Design from Glasgow School of Art

Statement

Millie Collins is a textile artist, designer and maker. She approaches embroidery through a contemporary lens creating work that sits between the contexts of art, textiles and design. She works intuitively to create serene and considered embroideries that capture the grounding nature of textiles. Guided by process and tactile methods of making she allows responsive explorations of colour, texture and composition to emerge through cloth.

Millie graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in summer 2022 with a degree in Textile Design. Her graduate collection ‘Textile Traces’ focused on combining the traditional and conceptual to create bespoke pieces that consider material movement and connection to place.Her work bridges the practice of making and research, realising ideas through the physical process of stitch. Her award-winning dissertation ‘Resettling Textiles’ investigated the way materials migrate – curating textile artworks to explore the narratives of cloth and the systems textiles operate within. 

Most recently Millie partook in The CHANEL & Prince’s Foundation Métiers D’art Fellowship in Partnership with Le19M, an intensive programme that teaches and promotes artisan haute couture embroidery. Throughout the Métiers d’Art Embroidery Fellowship Millie found ways to redefine traditional craft whilst developing the unique designed aesthetic quality of her work. Millie has developed an enhanced technical expertise that honours artisanal skill whilst expanding the position of embroidery into contemporary textiles and art through an authentic approach.

Materials and Techniques

TECHNIQUES
Tambour Beading
Needlework
Needle punching
Free Machine embroidery
Digital embroidery
Irish Juki embroidery

MATERIALS
Silk organza
Cotton organdy
Gauze
Calico
Cotton thread
Cashmere wool
Madeira pensa thread
Wood shavings
Glass seed beads
Glass bugle beads
Metal buglel beads

Fellowship/ developments:

The CHANEL & Prince’s Foundation Métiers D’art Fellowship in Partnership with Le19M
Locke Hotel Uniform Repurposing Collaboration. 2022/2023

Awards:

Fife Contemporary. New Maker Award (June 2022)