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Emma Jane Hague
Founding Director

With a degree in anthropology and eight years working in community development and rural enterprise, together with a passion for textiles and seasonal work as a freelance seamstress, Emma came to found BTQ in 2014 in response to a seemingly evident need in Bristol for both a both a textile-focussed (clean!) workspace in Bristol and a means of the local textile community to better connect and work together.

Emma draws hope and inspiration from Awamaki -the Peruvian NGO she co-founded and directed for four years to support over 100 marginalised women textile artisans; the Fibershed project; Textile Arts Centre in Brooklyn; SITSelect and the amazing craftspeople she gets to meet through BTQ.

Laura Phillimore
Special Events & Learning Officer

Laura is a visual artist and experienced art educator, who attended Bristol Old Vic Theatre School where she received her Post Graduate diploma in Theatre and Costume design, before completing a PGCE in Secondary Art Education at Goldsmiths University London.  She has worked in art departments for TV, film and theatre as well as a number of museums and galleries including the Victoria and Albert museum and the Holburne museum, Bath.  She believes that the arts can play a vital role in community engagement, and thoroughly enjoys sharing her broad knowledge of art with Adults, children and young people.

Zoë Slesenger
Digital Media + Marketing Assistant.

An Oxford-born graduate from the Fashion & Textile Design course at Bristol’s UWE, finding her grounding in communication and events and currently specialising in social media and marketing. Also working as a stylist and design intern along with creating illustration work on commission, there’s a whole host of tangents of fashion and design that fuel Zoë’s practice. Working at BTQ has proven an exciting opportunity to contribute to the versatile textile community right on our doorstep.