Regional Day 2013 Members’ Competition ‘Make Do and Mend’Part 1
Aim: to create a piece of textile art using hand and/or machine techniques which reflect ‘Make Do & Mend’.
NB The work should not have been exhibited previously.
To help get you started :
‘Make Do & Mend’ was first coined during World War Two when basic commodities were in short supply and rationed. The population was urged to make the best use of what they already had and use ingenuity to make scarce resources last as long as possible.
With the coming of the present Recession the idea has been revived with a resurgence of interest in making rather than buying, and recycling. As a result knitting, sewing and craft groups and classes have burgeoned throughout the country and there has been a return to celebrating frugality.
The following are suggestions to inspire you and get you thinking:
‘An old skirt will make one pair of knickers & a little play- skirt for a 7 year old girl’
‘Cut down really worn ties to make smaller & shorter ones for your young son.’
‘Unpick knitted garments & knit again’
‘Don’t waste precious time just for the sake of making something new & different’
‘Pyjama legs will make children’s vests’
‘Plus fours will make you an excellent skirt’
‘Save all tapes, ribbons, pieces of elastic, hooks, eyes, press studs, buttons and trimmings from old clothes’
Part 2 (added Jan 29th)
One member who emailed me was intending to explore the making of one garment from another and suggested that her entry might include a photograph of the original piece. What a good idea. Such pieces might need to be displayed on dressmaking dummies or similar. I would ask that anyone having particular requirements as to how their work needs to be displayed contacts me in advance Jma.firstname.lastname@example.org I am at present sourcing dummies in the hope they will be required! I am very keen that we display members’ work well.
‘Creative Recycling in Embroidery’ by Val Holmes (ISBN-13: 978-1906388751). It certainly opens up the whole idea of recycling which she interprets very widely.
‘Second Skin’ by India Flint (ISBN -13:978-1741967210) an Australian who is deep into saving the planet. She explores recycling ideas such as dyeing, re-using a garment etc.
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