Jacqui Carey is a maker, teacher, author and researcher of braids, having specialised in the subject since graduating from a BA (Hons) degree in woven textiles in 1985. Her work as a practising craftsperson is known worldwide, and her knowledge shared through teaching and numerous publications.
Jacqui wrote ‘Creative Kumihimo’ as an instruction book, prompted by the lack of material about the subject. This was the first of many publications in article and book form. In the early 1990s, she helped establish the Braid Society and subsequently served on the committee. She also organised their first exhibition entitled- Samurai Undressed, later curating “Braids & Beyond: A Broad Look at Narrow Wares” to celebrate the Society’s tenth anniversary.
Jacqui’s research work continues to expand, involving wider aspects of braids. In 2008, she was awarded a distinction for her MA in the History of Textile & Dress, at the Textile Conservation Centre, University of Southampton.