Slow stitching centres around the “make do and mend” and “waste not, want not” ethos of yesteryear. It is a nod to the generations that came before ours in which reusing and recycling were necessary and admirable. This is not a complicated process which relies on numerous fancy, perfectly executed stitches and fastidious neatness. Rather, we embrace the timeworn nature of our materials, and the individuality of our stitching methods.
Simplicity is key.
We are passionate fabric lovers, and we have a stash of “just because” pieces we’ve found along the way to prove it. We love to hunt at flea markets, charity stores and church fetes for the cloth treasures and embellishments we will repurpose. We can lose ourselves in the online world of instagram and etsy...oh the possibilities...
Stitching methods…simple and repetitive
We will draw inspiration from the Japanese stitching methods of boro and sashiko as we take a mixture of repurposed, recycled, inherited, and vintage textiles to create the background for our artworks.
Students will stitch their background using simple stab stitch to connect their pieces of upcycled cloth.
A stitched silhouette can then be added as a finishing embellishment to the stitched cloth background.
Sashiko (刺し子, literally "little stabs") is a form of decorative of reinforcement stitching. Traditionally this running stitch is used to reinforce points of wear or to repair tears with patches.
Boro is the art of mending rags or scraps of cloth. The term boro is also used to describe clothes and household items which have been patched-up and repaired many times.
My business name is “forage”. It describes my process of seeking out textiles which are reclaimed, recycled and vintage. Using textiles to create artworks was a concept that I first explored during my senior high school years (1989 is certainly a long time ago!). I created a flowing, floor length coat made from strips of fabric knitted and woven together. It was brilliantly colourful and embellished with embroidered flowers made from beads and sequins. I was marked to be in the top 2% of the state for this fantastical creation, and invited to exhibit in “ArtExpress”. After school I spent many years living and working in Europe as a nanny. I relished these experiences which were so vastly different from my upbringing in the central west NSW town of Orange. Upon my return home to Australia, I established a boutique florist and homewares store in Sydney's eastern suburbs, an ideal backdrop for me to indulge my passion for colour and design, as well as buying and merchandising. We worked with private, corporate and media clients creating concepts for print media and television. Over the years there were many local and international weddings and collaborations on product launches. Some notable clients included: Dior, Ikea, Channel 10, 9 and 7 Sydney and The Lifestyle Channel, The art gallery of NSW, HSBC, L’Occitane, Majestic Cruiselines , NSW Parliament House, Opera House Sydney, Woollahra and Waverley Councils and Sony Australia. Since the sale of my business in 2013, I have once again turned my creative attention to my love of textiles. I have multiple retailers and galleries which I have partnered with to sell my collaged textile artworks. I also teach workshops to pass on my love and knowledge of reclaimed textiles.