Based on ancient Japanese mending known as ‘boro’ where threadbare scraps of fabric were continually added to by peasants for many generations. These layers of over-stitched remnants, often indigo, produced textured, warm utilitarian items. I’ve tried to emulate the look of boro using recycled denim.
Vintage workwear combined with iconographic and traditional log cabin quilting design employing modern improv piecing techniques.
The jacket is made from reclaimed natural fibres and hand dyed with plant dyes.
Machine pieced and quilted, hand embroidered, hand stitched bindings and patch pocket.
I created Mara’s Mitos believing to the growing role of creativity in driving economic and social development.
Mara’s Mitos hand knitted goods, expression of traditional craftsmanship and part of the intangible cultural heritage, are clothes and accessories adapted to contemporary needs.
Taking an old school knit stitch and amplifying it with big guage needles and chunky wool, I created The Phoebe cardigan. This knit is one of many ideas I’m currently working on in my small home studio, where I play with old crafts and natural fibres.
An internal portrait of an intact woman, crocheted in videotape (it was Sophie’s Choice), begun when I found out my tubes were named after a Father Falloppio. Couldn’t believe it. Much worse than a Douglas pouch. Saint Casilda of Toledo, born a Muslim princess, is patron saint of infertile women.
My favourite jeans – super-soft, 70’s, straight-leg, found in the local RSPCA op shop and worn almost every day, until a hilarious accident involving a fence! Using some thrifted denim scraps, I created a patchwork design to turn my favourite jeans into what is now my favourite denim skirt.
Being conscious of environmental changes my jewellery evolves from earthy stoneware and natural colours. Using ancient themes, inspirational locations and historical knowledge the designs emerge. These Australian made creations have a low carbon footprint and do less harm in a changing climate.
These boots are combination of two different crafts I have learned over the year, felting and shoe-making.
The boots are made with Merino wool, recycled sari silk & leather.
Felted over resists to create the shape. Embellished with recycled sari silk. Hand stitched leather construction.
Knitted on large needle to nearly double their finished size, using pure wool yarn.
Hand Dyed using Landscapes Dyes.
Placed in the washing machine with some old jeans and washed in hot water till shrunken down to the desired size.
Stretch over shoe last to dry.