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Ex Strode’s student wins’ prestigious award!

Ex Strode’s student wins’ prestigious award!

Huge congratulations go to Elena Thornton for winning the Chairman’s Award at the prestigious Hand and Lock Prize Giving ceremony earlier this month.

Elena left Strode’s in July 2014 after achieving fantastic results in BTEC ART - Double Distinction**, Textiles - B, and Fashion & Clothing - Distinction* and has just recently graduated from the Royal School of Needlework with a First Class Degree BA(Hons) in Hand Embroidery for Fashion, Interiors, Textile Art.  

We are pleased to announce that not only did Elena take 1st Place in her category “Best use of Metal Thread Embroidery by the Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers” but she also won the most prestigious award of the evening, The Chairman’s Award”.


Even in this very short space of time, Elena has been given the opportunity to work for some of the biggest names in the Fashion industry including Alexander McQueen, Burberry and Hussein Chalayan as well as working for companies such as Netflix on The CROWN and HBO Game of Thrones. 


We are all very proud of Elena and the fact that all of her hard work is now paying off.  If you would like to see some of Elena’s amazing work please take a look at her website

Prize giving 2017 Elena Thornton.jpg  Hand & Lock Prize Giving.jpg 

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