Jan Knibbs' style is perfect for pretty bridal wear especially if you’re looking for something completely unique for your special day. Not only can she make a bespoke wedding dress, she can also customise an existing dress and make all the finishing touches including headwear, shoes, sashes and bags for you and your bridesmaids to make sure the entire wedding party co-ordinates.
Whether you are the bride, mother of the bride (or groom) or a guest at any special occasion, Jan can make you an exquisite embroidered outfit or any of the accessories you might need. She can also adorn existing hats, shoes, bags or other items with her signature style of embroidery.
Jan also makes embroidered jewellery including neck pieces, wristbands and earrings in her unique style incorporating many different embroidery techniques sometimes with vintage finds. Jewellery can also be commissioned to match any existing outfit for any special occasion.
Jan’s competitive nature has led her to be successful in many competitions. She has won the Embroidery category in the British Bridal Awards, come 2nd twice in the international Hand and Lock Prize for Embroidery as well as being awarded the Swarovski Prize.
Jan has collaborated on many themed photo shoots with talented photographers, models, hair stylists and make-up artists. This has led to an interest in styling for other shoots and curating mixed exhibitions as well as providing vintage tea parties and shoots for their own vintage hen party venue.
Jan Knibbs Design Studio
Vintage inspired design perfect for the modern bride.
SIT select 2018
Atelier 19 will be part of the SIT Select Trail 2018, the famous Open Studios & Exhibitions event in Stroud and the Five Valleys, Cotswolds, UK, taking place on 5th and 6th as well as 12th and 13th May 2018. The Open Studios trail, called Select Trail, is presented by the acclaimed British arts organisation, SITselect, as part of their annual festival celebrating artists and makers regionally, nationally and internationally.
Jan Knibbs is a fashion and textile designer specialising in embroidery currently based in the West Country. She creates amazing items of wearable art ranging from jewellery to bridal wear, all adorned with her distinctive signature style of rich hand-worked embroidery, inspired by nature and the changing seasons, incorporating delicate floral designs in appliqué, ribbon embroidery and beadwork, especially Swarovski crystals. Jan often incorporates vintage fabrics, off-cuts and antique lace as well as pieces of vintage costume jewellery into her designs for her label “something old…something new” which means it is also ethical.
Jan's designs are now featured on the Way Out Wedding Blog as part of the a Marie Antoinette photo shoot at Homme House in Herefordshire.
Midsummer Mayhem from The Finishing Touch on Vimeo.
You can also see some of Jan's designs in Wedding Ideas Magazine, Perfect Wedding, Fae Magazine and Faerie Magazine (see video by Sophie Vanessa Videography of Faerie Magazine shoot by Daniella Jaine above).
The Suffolks, Cheltenham
Atelier 19 is located in The Suffolks area of Cheltenham which is set around the mid-19th century Suffolk Square is in the heart of Cheltenham's chic, bohemian Montpellier district. Find us at 19, Suffolk Road, GL50 2AF.
Named after the Earl of Suffolk, who briefly owned the area from 1808. The square contains predominantly late Georgian and early Victorian villas and terraced houses that give a distinctive identity to the area.
It has recently been described as "the Notting Hill of Cheltenham" and is home to established and new range of interesting restaurants, cafes and deli's, while a variety of antique and interior shops and a range of boutiques including vintage clothing, giftware, jewelry make this area of Cheltenham a shoppers paradise.
Many consider these streets to be the true artisan area of Cheltenham, with many of the creative professions, such as landscape designers, interior designers, silversmiths and photographers, choosing to locate here away from the bustle of the town centre.