Dolls with Mandy Pattullo
About Mandy Pattullo
As always its a joy to welcome back Mandy Pattullo to Hope & Elvis , Mandy had recently had a new book published by Batsford books “Textiles Transformed” if you haven’t already got it go get it its wonderful!
trained as a Surface Pattern and Textile Designer and now work from an attic studio in a converted manse in rural Northumberland.
I treasure the old and worn, refashioning vintage textiles into new collages which are embellished with stitch and appliqué. I re-cycle and reuse very old and often disintergrating materials which have been passed on or discarded. I particularly like to cut up and unpick utility patchworks and quilts made by women in domestic settings. I consciously relate to the thrift and ‘make- do and mend” culture of past times as well as folk art traditions and techniques.My collages, large wall quilts and garments bring together precious fragments to form evocative compositions. The viewer is forced to re-examine fabrics that have become flawed through wear and tear, to find in them a new beauty.
In 2016 I wrote “Textile Collage” which shows how found and cherished textiles can be used to create visually rich and thoughtful collages. This book is published by Batsford and can be obtained or ordered through your local independent bookshop.
Mandy’s dolls are inspired by folk art and rag dolls that she has collected as well as seen in museum collections .In some cultures a doll might have just been a twig with some pieces of cloth wrapped round. Amish dolls do not have any features and in Peru dolls were made to accompany a burial.Hair might be made from any natural fibre laying around including plant fibres, horse hair, sheeps wool and rags. Dolls were made out of old and worn clothing, pieces left over from patchwork and cloth packaging such as flour sacks. Mandy’s dolls too are made with love and like many “primitive” dolls are made out of old fabrics that have had a previous life. Many of her dolls are made entirely from pieces deconstructed from old quilts. They are not sophisticated but they have their own personalities ( and sometimes even wings!).In this workshop you will make a small doll using vintage fabrics and trimmings. It is unashamedly a return to childhood and “playing dolls” but you will learn some basic techniques of doll making and come away with something that you will treasure and not want to give away. away.
£90 10-4.30 , includes Materials, 2 course lucnch & refreshments
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