Harking back to yesteryear fashion, I’ve knitted a frilly collar and matching fingerless mittens in the colours of my ‘front yard’ that is the precious and glorious Breamlea wetlands. The russet, greens, hint of blue in the wool – reflect the glasswort, reeds & grasses.
Climate change is constantly under debate and whilst we may see beautiful landscapes around us every day, what is hidden? As custodians of our environment I, believe we must act according to the compelling scientific information and visual clues that our precious natural world is under stress.
Felted woolen vest enhanced by Eco dying, using Red Geranium flowers and Kangaroo Apple leaves. Combining an indigenous plant with an introduced species, reflects the urban landscapes of today. Indigenous plants are becoming part of our urban spaces, often the predominant choice.
The theme for this year’s CrossXpollination Adaptation exhibition is ‘Life’. My jacket made from repurposed wetsuit, silk evening gown, tie-dyed & machine embroidered panels was shortlisted, much to my delight. See the 25 finalists @copacc on CrossXpollination tab – link below.
I wanted a tote bag that is a little sturdier and sort of in-between a tote and a handbag – It is made of hand dyed calico and has a cotton drill lining with a pocket, there is a layer on insulation between the fabrics and I use a nano-spray to keep it water and dirt repellant.
Using men’s neckties sourced from op shops I’ve created a cape which can be worn in a variety of ways. To make it ‘rain proof’ it has a detachable upcycled plastic liner which is attached to the neckline using plastic bread tags. I love repurposing materials – keeping them out of landfill!
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.