There’s little that Jessica Dance can’t do. An interior designer and model maker, she specializes in crafting models and props that are used across advertising campaigns, editorial commissions, and art installations. Since graduating in 2010, she received commissions for window displays, installations, and editorial projects for the likes of Christian Louboutin, BBC, Google, Mulberry, and Selfridges.
But it’s her textile art that first caught our attention. Recreating everyday objects in realistic detail, her knitted and embroidered creations include anything from Ketchup bottles to Nike trainers. “I’m often inspired by very ‘normal’ everyday items, items that portray the luxury of choice and comfort in the western world, whilst at the same time hinting at the excess that is often taken for granted in a fast-paced, immediate society,” Dance relayed in an interview with Lifestyle Tails, adding that “the irony being each knitted or embroidered piece that I make has taken hours/days/weeks to create.”
“I always aim for my work to be graphical, with a playful edge,” she adds. “Knitting and embroidery is typically perceived as a ‘feminine craft’ however I try to take gender out of the equation when coming up with ideas. I always strive to produce a carefully considered design, with a strong concept, using quality materials.”
Much like her approach to art, her approach to interior design is entwined with craftsmanship. Describing herself as an interior designer with a holistic approach to designing homes and workplaces, Dance is known for her luxury and contemporary interiors that have craftsmanship at the heart.
With so much going on for her, her days are very much packed. “I’m usually sculpting, knitting or stitching, which is always good time to put a podcast or music on…. or if I’m trying to work something out or write, I need total silence,” she describes her workday. “I usually work until around 6 depending on what I’m working on,” she adds.