I mentioned on my facebook page last week that I have been selected to take part in an exhibition with a number of other makers. We were asked to design piece to be shown as part of a collection at the Wonderwool Wales Event for 2013 http://www.wonderwoolwales.co.uk/exhibitors-list.html. April 27th-28th April.
The aim of this project is to champion the possibilities for organic wool. They want to create a talking point, a think piece, a chance to raise the debate about the value of organic, locally produced, sustainable wool. As you know this is a topic I’m passionate about (www.cornishwoolproject.wordpress.com) but also it’s a little bit of a dream come true….
I’ve made clothes myself in the past & even did it for work for a while but always from a pattern, not from one of my drawings, I’m not a nature dressmaker I’m not a perfectionist in any way! so the process of drawing a design, having it agreed as a good one & actually getting it made was so exciting. I decided that once the wool fabric is sent to me I will take it to one of the tailors here who could whip together something beautiful as a base which I could then needle felt the details onto with my inspiration coming from the British hedgerow.
HOWEVER terrified by the thought of ruining the wonderful organic wool cloth being sent to me I thought it would be good to do an experiment first & get another dress made just to see how it turned out. Finding fabric out here was a bit of a challenge, most of the fabric shops were a sea of polyester- not my thing until I came up with the idea of making it out of Batik sarongs (the only cotton or natural fibre material to be found for miles) it took two sarongs to make up my pattern & I chose a quite earthy blue & russet tone.
Next I found my tailors, a nice couple working in a little workshop, they were happy to take my scribbles & turn it into something real, their workshop was full of wonderful old trustworthy looking machines.
A few measurements & notes later & my design was ready to be made.
This was all 2 weeks ago & I got to collect my dress today, I had to take in the sides a little & I was expecting it to be more flared at the bottom but apparently there wasn’t enough fabric to do this so I might have to try once more before the real thing (I’m enjoying the dresses I’m getting out of this 😉 )
This project has been organised by Organic Wool Wales, Llynfi textiles & Ystrad Farm Organics http://www.organicwoolwales.org.uk/
The fabric being sent to me to use is GOTS certified, Welsh Wool Fabric.