Welcome to A Home For Tandy! My passion is to create hand made textile homewares and accessories using natural materials, coloured and printed with natural dyes. Here's where I document my processes from my home studio in Melbourne’s outer east as well as "show and tell" new products and exciting happenings. I hope what you find here will inspire creativity, nesting, nurturing and the appreciation of your own environment. Happy browsing!
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Sunday, 10 March 2013
This piece followed the "Paper Stole" in the sculptural, "non-wearable couture" theme, but got me back to my roots in fabric and experimental quilting. All the fabrics are recycled, some retrieved from the stash I inherited from my great-grandmother who's surname was Swan (this in some way informed the shape and lines of the piece which are...well, swan-like and also provided a fitting title)
The skirt frame is manipulated chicken wire. It was rather satisfying getting my hands dirty in the shed with pliers and wire cutters!
Then came the endless task of creating hundreds of quilted circles in various fabrics, each individually embellished with lines of stitching. Then cutting them out carefully. Then assembling the circles to create the skirt overlay, placing them deliberately to appear random (it's harder than you think!)
The circle motif was repeated in crocheted wire and attached to the overlay and the frame, linking the two elements.
The aim of the piece was to explore the idea of repetition. Combining circular quilted pieces with circular crochet pieces on the continuous hexagons of the chicken wire, I feel I have succeeded