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100% wool upcycled coatigan, warm and wearable!

Orange and red long coatigan with flower brooch

Purple and orange all wool coatigan

Warm snuggly coatigan with large pocket

Waistcoat detail

Wool Paisley Hat with

Kandi Caps

Pretty Wool Waistcoat


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How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

The inspiration behind my work comes from the fun of sourcing quality pre-loved fabrics & garments that have already had a life, quality wool jumpers, pashmina shawls ready to be enlivened with a dip in the dye pot, fine cotton shirts, linen sheets and old woollen blankets that are no longer valued. Small areas of these garments may be showing signs of wear but there are enough sound parts to justify re-designing & making them into a new garment.
I design clothes that are more like wearable art, they are statement pieces that should be worn every day, clothes should give confidence to the wearer and their flamboyancy should be enjoyed!

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

I consider myself more of a designer and maker rather than an artist.
Over the last few years I've have been captivated by the whole up-cycling movement. It has altered my thinking and appreciation of the quality of what we discard.
Cutting up old garments & redesigning into new, offers the opportunity to change the norm, adding flashes of bright colour, changing the silhouette, thinking about fastenings and finishes.
I love the challenge, it is endlessly creative & uplifting for me.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

Maker and designer of upcycled clothes: specialising in quality finds of used woollen & cotton clothing into fabulously flattering and fun hats, waistcoats, tunics, dresses & cardigans.

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

Trained as a fashion designer/pattern maker.
Designed, produced & retailed a range of women's clothes sold under the Buttercup Clothes label during late 70's & early 80's.
Still learning to spin, weave, felt and dye!

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

Made in the Marches Gallery, Kington, Hereford.

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