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.

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