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

A good yarn

Friday night is knitting night, or stitch n bitch, as it’s been called. It’s a little bit daggy, a little bit grandma, but perfect for bleak Mountains evenings. Above is a sample of last night’s efforts. For the style-conscious there is the Jo Sharp and Rowan patterns and wool to drool over. With moody fashion shoots and gorgous models pouting …

Piecemeal Production

I found a half-completed quilt I started years and years ago this week. It’s quite lovely, scraps in browns and reds forming interlocking circles on a dusty pink ground. Trouble is, I can’t see myself hand-piecing the remaining square metres required, yet if I stash it away again, whole decades of my life could pass …

Bakelite Buttons

Katoomba boasts quite a few antique shops, Mr Pickwick’s being one of them. I found some lovely bright buttons there recently, and used them on the dress below. The hexagonal buttons are 1940s casein, and the two toggles on the sleeves are bakelite, probably 1920s. The supplier, Button Bower, also has a stall in the Victory Theatre antique …

Creation’s Doom

Just finished, a belt and detachable pocket made from hand-dyed hemp silk. The belt was quilted with images from a favourite book of mine, a Pictorial History of Science Fiction. I stitched Icarus falling to earth from a Durer woodcut, a few monsters and lightening bolts, and ‘a city of the future’ as imagined by …

Dyed by her own hand

Enlisting the help of my dye-guru Leanne, yesterday was spent dyeing massive amounts of hemp/silk charmeuse. The fabric supplier warned it was a notoriously hard fabric to dye, so we did a fair bit of swatch testing first. Above is a shot of one of the steaming dye baths.     The final fabrics, with …

Puffy playful curtains

This week I was asked to make a soft padded curtain for a local daycare centre, ideally using donated fabrics in neutral colours. The idea was to make the room more soothing and less echoing for the children. The donated fabric was masses of synthetic semi-sheer fabric, and I used nearly all of it for …

Fairy wardrobe

Here’s the latest of an ongoing cheery side project of mine: making fairy dresses for my three-year old daughter.     Last month alone I made four, for her and for her friends. This month’s is a frothy rainbow concoction, that has been worn solidly day and night for three days.

Mend and make do

This week’s task was a little something for a local company I do a bit of work for, Earthly Goods. Earthly Goods creates bespoke quilts and homewares for customers, with a sustainable ethos, using recycled and vintage fabrics, hemp and organic cotton wadding. Many people may have a stash of special fabrics or embroidered linens, without …

Analogue piracy

This week I made a flag for painter Phil Williams. He’s designed a skull and crossbones out of a cassette tape. It will be on display in the window at his exhibition ‘For the hate of paint’, 13 June 2007 – 7 July 2007 at Peloton gallery, Chippendale.

Hoodies

I am fond of hoodies, whether hanging out the back of a jacket or slung low over the eyes for slinking down alleyways. So I have designed a go-anywhere jersey hoodie that doubles as a scarf. Being a thrifty soul, I’ve made the hoods from old tshirts and jersey remnants.