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Wai-Yuk Kennedy
Registered: 16/02/2011   Last Update: 17/02/2011
I was born in Hong Kong where my family owned a small textile factory. After leaving school I studied graphic design and worked for a Hong Kong company designing gloves. During the same period I became skilled at dressmaking and pattern cutting.
In 1978 I came to England to study fine art. I gained my BA (Hons) from Kingston Polytechnic in 1982.
In 1986 I moved to Cornwall and much of my time after that was taken up by raising a family and helping my husband with his business. However, I always made time to continue exploring my craft using many different textile techniques.
Since 2005 I have had my own beautiful textile studio and have been able to devote much more time to my craft.
Making jewellery of various kinds has long been an obsession of mine and using fabric to create jewellery pieces is something I have been developing for many years. The larger textile reliefs and embroidered pictures have gradually emerged from the jewellery making process.