Livia is a textile designer who creates bold, colourful, and graphic hand-embroidered textiles for Art and Fashion and who likes her work to always reflect personal, historical or social issues. She works with unconventional materials in order to challenge the traditions of hand embroidery, in the hope to place textiles within the category of ‘Fine art’.
Livia’s current body of work grows from questioning her own roots and identity. This was prompted by the UK voting to leave the EU only last summer, recent presidential elections in both France and America and the growth of the extreme right throughout Europe. Saddened to see this new rise in xenophobia and narrow-minded views on immigration, Livia challenges these ideas in her work while ultimately questioning what classifies someone as an immigrant. Having grown up in a society with an ever-widening racial, religious, and cultural diversity, Livia has always embraced the richness that it can bring.
Livia is currently studying hand embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework. Her work has been exhibited at several Knitting and Stitching Shows and during London Graduate Week. She interned at bespoke tailor Emma Willis and high-end designer Hussein Chalayan. She has also worked repeatedly for Alexander McQueen as a freelance embroiderer.
Livia has also demonstrated at the RSN stand at Luxury Made and the Knitting and Stitching Show and worked on live commissions with the RSN for HBO Games of Thrones and Burberry Luxury made.
Her most recent collection is being exhibited at the Devon Guild of Craft in Bovey Tracey as part of the ‘Off the surface’ exhibition. A collaborative exhibition with the RSN Year two degree students.