Artwork for Ruth Gibbins
hand embroidered altered mans waistcoat
repurposed denim and fabric box
Liberty zip purses
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.