Working in Wool with Mandy Pattullo
About Mandy Pattullo
As always its a joy to welcome back Mandy Pattullo to Hope & Elvis , Mandy has 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.
This workshop is all about wool but nothing about knitting! Mandy’s latest book “Textiles Transformed” has a whole section on embroidering with wool and recycling second hand wool items such as blankets, tweeds and needlepoint canvases. Mandy’s inspiration came from looking at old crewel work designs, Yllebroderie ( Swedish wool work), folk art and some more abstract approaches taken by contemporary artists. She has some lovely examples of different styles of stitching to inspire you and she will demonstrate how to build up a textile collage that could be eventually used as a cushion cover or if you wanted to you could perhaps bring a wool garment that you want to customise in some way.
£90 10-4.30 , includes Materials, 2 course lucnch & refreshments
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