“There is no right or wrong. There is no unpicking. You do not unpick one stitch in my class, only if you accidentally stitch your work onto your jumper! Because where do you go if you unpick?”
Layers of Life
She plays with both imagination and tradition, from the wildflowers with which her mother graced her childhood in their rural Western-Australian home to Bengali quilt work and Japanese sashiko stitching techniques, to memories of the resourcefulness of her parents Margie and Albert (who provide the namesake for her social media, how sweet!).
We often think of scraps as imperfect leftovers that belong in the trash. But having grown up in a loving, yet challenging home in which they often had to scrape by to make ends meet, she recognizes the gift of scraps. Quite literally, she now sews scraps together to weave stories.
Zoomed out, we marvel at the big picture – a colourful composition of a gorgeous bouquet of wildflowers, a curious bunny caught in a moment, or an entire forest of winter Oak trees. Zoomed in though, we pick up on the vulnerability of the sweet, hand-made details of patches, stitches, and fibres that build the entire magnificent story. Her craft imitates life.
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