Bella Lane is an embroidery artist, master Peruvian embroiderer, specialist-embroidery tutor, world stitch collector and a puppeteer.
Bella is the collaborator for several rain forest books, and recently she was co-author of ‘First Steps in the Enchanted Forest of Stitches’ an embroidery primer for children and first in a series of elementary stitching books.
In July 2017 by invitation Bella was touring New Zealand, teaching and sharing her Peruvian hand embroidery expertise and heritage with several NZ regional embroidery guilds with ANZEG.
In October 2016, thanks to her exceptional and unique goldwork embroidery art works, Bella was made the first Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers at Trinity House, London.
In Summer 2014 Bella was appointed to be a puppet stage designer and a puppeteer at Jose Navarro Theatre, working extensively and successfully since that time. In January 2017 she was made part of the on stage team, participating in company prize-winning performances world-wide in London, Peru, China and India.
Summer 2013 Bella founded an embroidery enterprise called ‘London Embroidery Club’
In 2010 she also founded ‘Manos Amazonicas‘ a textile and embroidery enterprise with the emphasis of using recycled fabrics for the making of new unique arts works. Our product are sold at Explorama’s Lodges in Iquitos Peru. Currently we are looking for volunteers who would like to help us to develop this project for the international market.
After her London graduation in 2009 Bella has worked for companies in the UK, and for private clients from France, Morocco, the Lebanon, Egypt, Italy, Malaysia, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Greece, Kazakhstan, Russia, Hong Kong, Malta, Serbia, and the USA, and of course with those nearer to home here in London and in Peru. She has also worked with prominent fashion and textile studios in London such as Zandra Rhodes and many others. Currently when Bella is not working with her art works, teaching or doing puppetry she spend lots of time writing her upcoming books and attends part time in a top restoration studio in London where she has the opportunity to work as a textile restorer on ancient textiles of England and the world.
Her cherished professional ambition is to set up the first embroidery museum in Peru.
In the summer of 2006 Bella was awarded a full time scholarship as an embroidery Apprentice at the Royal School of Needlework (RSN) in Hampton Court Palace, London. In September 2009 Bella completed her three year apprenticeship in the art of hand embroidery graduating with distinction and winning several Prizes for her unique and original embroidery art works. At the RSN she studied all forms of embroidery in depth, including art and design, teaching, restoration and conservation of both contemporary and antique textiles. In this way Bella became a specialist in traditional English hand embroidery, a tutor and author, travelling the world and garnering a richly varied portfolio of embroidery techniques, skills and creative inspiration, also specialising in the entire spectrum of Peruvian embroideries. She feels privileged to have had the opportunity to study in such depth the art of hand embroidery. Her vision and passion for this has helped her to develop a unique approach to her work, and Bella’s creations have been acknowledged for crossing boundaries in conceptual originality. This led to the award of several prizes in her final year at the RSN for outstanding work, and graduation in August 2009 with Distinction.
In 2003 Bella was introduced to the humanitarian assistance world, with the opportunity to work directly on four overseas aid projects. The first appointment was community development in Dodoma, central Tanzania, as a volunteer for British Executive Services Overseas. Her second role was as assistant disaster response co-ordinator for VSO in Pakistan following the major South East Asia Earthquake of 2005, based in emergency tent accommodation in Balakot for six months in the mountains of North West Frontier Province. There she specifically supported the homeless families with clothing and winter warmth, and ran a handicraft training group in which she shared needlework skills with the affected people for income generation and therapy, and organised the provision and distribution of sewing machines for the ladies. The third humanitarian appointment was for a VSO programme of soft toy making in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for small enterprise income generation, successfully helping disadvantaged women achieve economic independence. A further community development aid assignment was undertaken in Hargeisa, Somaliland.
Bella visited London for the first time in September 2001 for the launch of the best-seller ‘A Very Peruvian Practice’ by John Lane OBE.
Since 1999 Bella has been Amazon adviser for johnlanebooks.com, and has had the opportunity to further explore all corners of the Peruvian rain forest and the Andes of Peru, helping the author of ‘Iquitos: Gateway to Amazonia’ and ‘Peru: Gateways to the Andes’, specialist travel series books containing detailed indigenous and local information about the wonderful natural world which is the Amazon and beyond. After so many years, and with six editions on the market, Bella feels privileged to be part of this project recording for posterity the wonders of the forest world that she has known for more than 40 years, and likewise for the Peruvian Andes.
Bella was born and raised in the heart of the Peruvian Amazon rain forest. Before moving to London, she was a very successful business woman in Lima and in Iquitos Peru, running her own directed natural beauty salons where she had the opportunity to work with an established clientele for more than seven years.
From a very young age Bella has been interested in cloth, threads, needles and all art forms, with a particular fascination for colours and their use.