Born in Nottingham, Jaqueline Wakely studied Graphic Design at Nottingham College of Art, later taking a BA Hons degree specialising in textiles in Edinburgh. She went on to lecture degree courses in Design and Garment construction at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. The many aspects of Design and Textiles form the threads of her career. As well as lecturing she has designed theatre costumes, lingerie, original clothing and knitwear.
She was elected as an Associate of the RBSA in 2010, and as a Member in 2012. She has exhibited her work in Rye, Sussex, Pittenweem, Fifie, Derby, Clun, Shropshire. Lymington, Hampshire and at the RBSA.
Recently she returned to photography as reference for her work and is now combining these skills with her knowledge of sewing and embroidery techniques. She uses her photographic imagery, layering textiles, textures and threads with machine, hand embroidery and beading to produce her pictures – redolent of the coasts, cliffs, hills and dales around the British Isles.