Forage by Lisa Mattock “Christmas”


Forage by Lisa Mattock “Christmas Themed Workshop”

About Lisa….My business name is “forage”. It describes of my process of seeking out textiles which are reclaimed, recycled and vintage.

Using textiles to create artworks was a concept that I first explored during my senior high school years (1989 is certainly a long time ago!) I created a flowing, floor length coat made from strips of fabric knitted and woven together. It was brilliantly colourful and embellished with embroidered flowers made from beads and sequins. I was marked to be in the top 2% of the state for this fantastical creation, and invited to exhibit in “ArtExpress”. After school I spent many years living and working in Europe as a nanny. I relished these experiences which were so vastly different from my upbringing in the central west NSW town of Orange.

Upon my return home to Australia, I established a boutique florist and homewares store in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, an ideal backdrop for me to indulge my passion for colour and design, as well as buying and merchandising. We worked with private, corporate and media clients creating concepts for print media and television. Over the years there were many local and international weddings and collaborations on product launches.

Since the sale of my business in 2013, I have once again turned my creative attention to my love of textiles.

Stitching methods…simple and repetitive We will draw inspiration from the Japanese stitching methods of boro and sashiko as we take a mixture of repurposed, recycled, inherited, and vintage textiles to create the background for our artworks.

Students will stitch their background using simple stab stitch to connect their pieces of upcycled cloth.

A stitched silhouette can then be added as a finishing embellishment to the stitched cloth background.

Sashiko (刺し子, literally “little stabs”) is a form of decorative of reinforcement stitching.

Traditionally this running stitch is used to reinforce points of wear or to repair tears with patches.

Boro is the art of mending rags or scraps of cloth. The term boro is also used to describe clothes and household items which have been patched- up and repaired many times.

Lisa’s is coming back to teach again at Cotton Rose for a Christmas Themed class.  Lisa provides everything you need for this class including thread pins and all materials, all you need to bring along is your scissors and perhaps some special fabric that you have collected and would like to use or show Lisa.

Class cost includes all materials for the class.  Class size will be no larger than 15 students per day, lunch, morning and afternoon tea is included in the price of the class.

Saturday 10th November
Class Cost: = $165.00
Time: 10 to 3pm
Venue: Cotton Rose


Sunday 11th November
Class Cost: = $165.00
Time: 10 to 3pm
Venue: Cotton Rose


Cotton Rose
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