About Mandy Pattullo
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.
In this course you will make a unique and delightful small hand stitched pouch bag.
You will be using Mandy’s familiar textile collage techniques but to a purpose.You can use old pieces of patchwork and quilt, domestic embroidery, lace and vintage fabrics. We will provide bits but you could bring a few special pieces from your own stash to make it really personal. You will be shown some embroidery stitches to give it a bit of surface decoration and if f there is time you might even make a special little rag book or needle case using your left overs to put inside your bag. These bags are really good for you to keep your sewing kit in!
1 day workshop
10 - 4.30
includes all materials & refreshments - please bring along lunch or alternatively visit one of the two Cafes on site as well as an award winning farm shop.