From fringing the Buckingham Palace balcony to macramé belts and bracelets for Vivienne Westwood, Jessica Light’s trims and tassels have adorned the worlds of interiors and fashion. London’s last passementerie weaver, Jessica has become known for bold, contemporary, design-led products that utilise unusual materials like horsehair, and play with scale and form. She is also known for ombre and dip-bleached tassels and tiebacks. All Jessica’s products are hand-woven and hand-made to order in her East London workshop using techniques dating back to the 15th century. She offers a bespoke design and colour-matching service, and her extensive client list includes Firmdale Hotels, Burberry, The New Craftsmen, David Collins, Liberty, Gettys Group and Champalimaud. In 2012 Jessica launched her first diffusion range selling from her online shop and retail outlets such as John Lewis and has collaborated with Curiousa on fringed and beaded lights and Bluebellgrey on tassels and tiebacks.
Jessica has exhibited regularly at major design shows such as Tent London 2009,2010, 2011 and 2012, Decorex 2015, London Design Fair 2016, as well as participating in Burberry’s Maker’s House Sept 2016 and doing tassel making and weaving demonstrations at the brand’s Regent Street store and for New Balance’s Excellent Maker campaign during the London 2012 Olympics . She has also exhibited independently at London Design Festival in 2012’s Gone To Earth with Precious McBane and a solo show, All Change, at Old Street underground station in 2014. Jessica teaches workshops and lectures at institutions such as The British Museum and Winchester Art School.
Jessica also works as a trend forecasting consultant for Mix/Colourhive, Dulux Colour Futures, and Campaign for Wool. She has an extensive press portfolio and has been featured in World Of Interiors, House and Garden, Elle Decoration, Homes And Gardens, Living ETC, The Evening Standard, The Wall Street Journal, House Beautiful and Homes And Antiques. Jessica has been interviewed on The Robert Elms Show on Radio London and about her response to Brexit on Channel Four News. She judges the textile art category for the koestler trust art prize and in 2017 the weave section for texprint.
A born and bred camden girl, jessica light's love of making started early. she learnt to sew and knit at six years old and still owns the spears wooden toy loom she got for christmas in 1970.
fast forward to 1980, and after a dismal o'level showing scuppered dreams of being a female indiana jones, jessica fell back on her creative talants and went to art school., London college of printing, chelsea art school and trent polythenic where jessica completed a ba hons in textiles, specialiseing in weave after seeing a book on Navaho Blankets.
After leaving Trent Polytechnic in 88 Jessica learnt the art of passementerie while working for Wendy Cushing. Here she wove 'the specials', one off orders for interior designers including John Stefanidis, Kelly Hoppen and Designer's Guild. She also worked on restoration projects such as Frogmore House, Hampton Court, and the sultan of brunai's throne room. After leaving Wendy Cushing in 01, Jessica freelanced for Turners, and played a part in the restoration of Ham House, London.
In conjunction with her work in interiors Jessica Light became an expert beader, and jewellery designer and maker. She worked for Erickson Beamon designing the in-house jewellery collections and catwalk pieces for Rifat Ozbek.
Jessica honed her skills with Mr Pearl, the corsetier, on haute couture gowns for Christian Lacroix, Thierry Mugler, and John Galliano, and made the crystal stars on Kylie Minogue's corset for her 'Showgirl' tour. It was during this period that Jessica developed a high level of beaded construction methods to produce complex three- dimensional garments and objects. Jessica Light's collaboration with Mr Pearl continued to 08; the last piece being a Jewell encrusted corset for Swarovski Runway Rocks shown in Mumbai in April 08 and then in London May 08.
She has also freelanced for jewellery designers Scott Wilson on catwalk pieces for Julian McDonald and Antonio Berardi; and Kirt Holmes.
In 2008 Jessica launched Jessica Light Trims and Tassels with a view to bringing a new design-led contemporary aesthetic to the trimmings market and has also pushed a concept of ‘passementerie as features’.