David Morrish designed this one-off piece for TV personality Siobhan Murphy, who describes it as “a work of art that I will treasure forever”. The award-winning embroiderer and senior lecturer in fashion design at Sheffield Hallam University breaks down the design and embroidery processes

This one-of-a-kind jacket is a true test sample, and stems from a collaboration formed between myself and Siobhan Murphy, TV personality, fashion and interior designer, and runner-up on the BBC TV show Interior Design Masters.

We were both interested to see what could be possible with a digital embroidery machine, an old jacket and creative freedom; we agreed to attempt a big, bold, all-over embroidered piece of art that flowed around the body and reflected Siobhan’s cheerful and energetic personality.

Siobhan’s jacket comprises a self-portrait with the slogan ‘Donuts are a girl’s best friend’

Siobhan with David, who created her jaw-dropping jacket

David worked in 3D, 2D, traditional and digital realms

The design itself is one of Siobhan’s favourites and synonymous with her brand – it comprises a self-portrait with the slogan ‘Donuts are a girl’s best friend’.

This piece really was a test, questioning my design and production methods, and saw me working in 3D, 2D, traditional and digital realms.


For more details on how David created the embroidery, plus the equipment and techniques used, visit our January 2022 issue here