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 [...]
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 [...]
With all the talk of recycling and upcycling and so on, I was intrigued by a DVD I watched the other day featuring Charlene O'Brien, a Western Australian fashion designer. One particular process was using denim offcuts to create a yarn. The scrap denim was colour-sorted, then shredded, then respun into a sturdy yarn (like an [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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.
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.
Last night I went to an exhibition 'Stitch Made Hands' in Surry Hills, of photography, fashion and illustration. Fellow ex-UTS-ite Rachael was showing her latest collection of couture garments, so I went along. Rachael Cassar creates couture garments from luxury salvaged fabrics - leather, silk, lace... Her pieces are hand-embellished with thousands of [...]