St Fabiola is a new boutique store in central Wellington combining fashion, art and inspiration.
Kirsten Sutherland designs and creates embroidered artworks under the St Fabiola (the Patroness Saint of divorced people) banner. Her work features religious and psychological symbolism, drawing from nature, science and the world of mythology and fairy tale.
She brings an incredible attention to detail and a deep sense of fun to her mastery of the technically difficult medium of digital embroidery.
Kirsten graduated from Massey University with a Masters of Design with a focus on digital embroidery in 2011.
She worked on the The Hobbit trilogy as the main digital embroiderer and embellished hundreds of cloaks, waistcoats and boots. She embroidered the couture collection for the Hailwood label showing at Fashion Week 2012.
Kirsten tutors textile design at Massey University Wellington. Previously she has worked as an upholstery designer, print designer and has been commissioned to create textile art for hotels, retail spaces and advertising. She has had several solo exhibitions of embroidered and screen-printed art.