Cattivo Ragazzo! Bad Boy Suits!

Recent works.

I have been working alongside an Italian Suit maker/designer for the past 18months- painting,dyeing,printing , stitching bespoke linings for his amazing suits. It has been quite an exciting ‘ride’ meeting lots of very famous people and getting to know what is near and dear to them to have it printed on a jacket lining. The energy of the group is what keeps me going back for more.

Dino Minichiello is the mastermind behind all this and he comes by the talent honestly. His father was making suits for the rich and famous for many years. He has taken it to whole new level since his father passed and is keeping up the family tradition and more by brainstorming and thinking outside the “Fast Fashion” box.

The down side is that it is a bit like doing a commission (which I said I would never do) but the upside is that most of the clients want to take a risk and have something wild and colourful on the inside.

The project is just coming into it’s own now, so I thought I would share a little bit of the process as we go along.

Dino has been making a movie about the process and it was my turn this last week to be shot doing some of the linings and my processes on my artwork.

So here are the bits that made it to the clip.

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And the password is tgl to see the latest video.



Ps I know they spelled my name wrong……..hopefully it can be corrected.

Ethereal leaves

I have been having fun throughout the summer printing with leaves from my dried stash.

But I have waited until now to use the leaves I collected from my Mums funeral wreath. It was with trepidation and held breath that I gently placed them on silk organza and linen to try and get a double print so that I could share it with my two sisters.

I am pleased with the results and now will have the pleasure of sitting in the Fall evenings and stitching into the pieces thinking of my family and the times we shared.

Silk Habotai with Soy Wax Batik and procion dyes.

Since I have been doing a lot of dying outside this summer I have lots of leftover dye. So I managed to snag a bag of linen scraps from Maiwa supply store and have been using up the dyes on the pieces of linen. I was inspired by Fariba Mirzai’s designs in the slow clothes fashion show at Harmony Arts and have decided to try and create one similar for myself.
So I have been selecting various fabrics of similar weight and over dying them to achieve a range of tones to collage together for the yardage. I will post some pictures of my progress this week. Whilst the cat’s away the mice will play!
Enjoy the last of the summer

Transforming Donated Fabrics;

A fabric with parallel stitch lines, works well with wicking the dyes in lines.