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.

During the workshop, you will make a special little lace book, using old bits of blanket for the pages and then carefully arranging and stitching in the lace with some fabric collage to show it off. On the surface, you will use hand stitches that echo the lace patterns to bring the whole thing together. You will end up with a little piece of treasure where the lace will be beautifully shown off rather than at the bottom of a plastic bag!

Hope and Elvis is based in The Harley Studios