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Artwork for Ruth Gibbins

hand embroidered altered mans waistcoat

repurposed denim and fabric box

Liberty zip purses

Details

Telephone: 
01981 550100
How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

My ethos is sustainability and I work mostly with textiles, using repurposed quality clothing. I make a range of colourful clothing from pre-loved items, constructing waistcoats and accessories from pre loved ties. I transform jackets and clothing with furnishing samples and swatches, turning them into wearable artwork using methods such as embroidery, appliqué and surface decoration.
I aim to encourage the customers and visitors to my workshop to appreciate quality and sustainability and to avoid the temptation to subscribe to a throw-away society.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

First and foremost I love what I do, and nothing gives me greater pleasure than seeing a customer appreciate my desire to work with ethically sourced fabrics. My aim in my work is not to be an artist, but to produce quality and to inspire others.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

AltertedEcoClothing

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

My workshop is open to the public and I will mostly be working on a project while I have visitors. This will often promote conversation and if I can give advice or instruction I am happy to give one to one teaching on the basics of sewing and needlework.

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

I have no formal training in what I do, my life instead led me to professional work in the NHS and I gained qualifications in Oral Health Education and Radiography in the Dental profession.
However, I have sewn from a young child and having a grandmother who was a tailor, by the age of 14 I was a competent seamstress and would tackle most projects. I continued sewing while I was caring for my young children, and on a 18 year break from employment set up and ran a small business making quilted and appliqué jackets and selling them at large craft fairs.

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

I am an active member of the Herefordshire Etsy team, have had a shop on Etsy for 7 years, and have exhibited at the Left Bank in Hereford at our large Christmas event over the last few years along with other Etsy team members. During the local lockdown due to Coronavirus we have as a group run an online virtual Market during which I ran open video sessions from my workshop talking about my work and demonstrating techniques live.

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

I have a large workshop on the B4348 between Peterchurch and Dorstone which is open 6 days a week holding my full range of clothing and accessories and I am open other times by arrangement to discuss commissions.

Venues Confirmed: 
Yes
Venues Description: 
Little Llanafon Farm Craft workshops, my studio

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