Let Lisa Mattock take you on a journey of slow stitching. Take the time to slow down and make something new, from old.
Join Lisa in this special workshop, the only in the Inner West, to learn boro and sashiko stitching, along with loved embroidery stitches.
The notion of “slow stitching”
Slow stitching centres around the “make do and mend” and “waste not, want not” ethos of yesteryear.
It is a nod to the generations that came before ours in which reusing and recycling were necessary and admirable. This is not a complicated process which relies on numerous fancy, perfectly executed stitches and fastidious neatness. Rather, we embrace the timeworn nature of our materials, and the individuality of our stitching methods. Simplicity is key.
Lisa is a passionate fabric lover, and has a stash of “just because” pieces she's found along the way to prove it. Lisa loves to hunt at flea markets, charity stores and church fetes for the cloth treasures and embellishments we will repurpose in this workshop.
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.
Where and when
Date: Saturday 2 March
Time: 10am until 3pm (with a 20min morning tea break and 40min lunch break)
Where: St Lukes Hall, 11 Stanmore Road, Enmore NSW 2042.
There is plenty of parking onsite or in the opposite street, Fotheringham Street. Also close to many bus routes (M3, 423, 426, 428, 355) on Enmore Road or a 15min walk from Stanmore or Newtown Stations.
What will be provided:
A nurturing and relaxed space with only up to 12 students.
All necessary materials for each student, including class notes and a goodie bag which includes an array of reclaimed textiles, threads and embellishments.
Morning tea and continuous tea and coffee is supplied (please send let us know of any dietary requirements in the notes to seller section of the checkout)
What you will need to bring:
A packed lunch. There is a microwave and a fridge available.
Willingness to learn something new, not be perfect and slow down.
Lisa's business name is “forage”. It describes of her process of seeking out textiles which are reclaimed, recycled and vintage.
Using textiles to create artworks was a concept that she first explored during my senior high school years where she 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 she spent many years living and working in Europe as a nanny. She relished these experiences which were so vastly different from her upbringing in the central west NSW town of Orange.
Upon her return home to Australia, she established a boutique florist and homewares store in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, an ideal backdrop for her to indulge my passion for colour and design, as well as buying and merchandising. She 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 her business in 2013, she has once again turned her creative attention to her love of textiles and is now teaching workshops to pass on her love and knowledge of reclaimed textiles! We are so lucky to have Lisa with us