Frida Kahlo Doll with Mandy Pattullo 25 March 2023


The Artist

Mandy Pattullo trained as a Surface Pattern and Textile Designer and now works 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"

The Workshop

Frida Kahlo was a great artist who mined her own personal experience, often of pain and loss, to create paintings imbued with symbolism and narrative. She produced many self portraits and these and the iconic photographs by Nicholas Murray have been referenced by fashionistas turning her into a global fashion icon . She often wore traditional Mexican dress, colourful skirts, shawls and a huipi blouse.These were teamed with chunky jewellery. In this course you can have a go at making a doll based on her colourful and unusual style. Mandy will have part made the doll for you and Hope and Elvis will provide colourful materials so that you can recreate a minature Frida. Mandy willl demonstrate the techniques used to make her own Frida dolls but you will be encouraged to experiment , play with fabrics and create your own unique homage to this fabulous, inspiring and brave artist.


1 day workshop
10am - 4.30pm

includes all materials & refreshments - please bring along lunch or alternatively visit one of the two Cafes on site or the award winning farm shop.