Fashion, design & sustainability // teacher / researcher / designer

Flowers

Details of folded silk flowers – left overs from Shrinking Violets.

Fingerprints

Fingerprints on jeans, illustration by Alice Payne  In op shops you can immediately tell home made clothes, and not just because there’s no label. Whenever I wear them, I’m conscious that someone like me made them. Her fingerprints are all over it. Maybe I see how she zigzagged the inside seams and pressed them flat …

Addax and calf

Following on from prior hand-piecing, I’m experimenting with making pieced pictures. Again, this was something I did years ago, so it’s good to return to it. I began with animals. Here’s an Abbott’s Booby and an Abbott’s Duiker. I went with a public domain image of an Addax and calf. Then I translated it into …

900 triangles

I spend eight hours per week on the train, so it’s a perfect time for hand-piecing. This is the project I’m currently working on, a textile hanging of 900 triangles. I’ve used chiefly silk and cotton offcuts, with some rayon velvet. I still have about 300 triangles to go. I was inspired to begin the …

New making

 I’ve been working on this garment in between everything else. It’s modular – six squares and four rectangles – and can be unpicked and the squares re-used for another garment. The laser-cut holes allow for gathering, decorative stitching, or knotting-on additional layers of cloth for warmth.

Christmas decorating

This year we made our own Christmas tree: Baby Cheesus and the angel And I stitched a couple of advent calendars, an angel and a snow-covered train… …which is useless at keeping anything cold – both need filling on a night by night basis so the chocolates don’t melt in the Qld sun.

Goin’ Local

Last night I gave a talk at the Stitchery as part of their Goin’ Local theme for July. As I prepared for the talk I was reminded of what drew me to study fashion and textiles ages and ages ago. It all began in 1994 when I was fifteen and began making a patchwork quilt. …

Pitter, Patter

With many babies being born to dear friends, I have developed a fail-safe gift idea. These little shoes, made from scraps of fabric and leather off-cuts, are good first walkers or slippers. I’ve used cordoroy for the outside and a bright print for the lining. (This post first appeared on Gussy Up Gals blog)