Thursday, 10 November 2016

Recycled Tins and Textiles with Philippa Johnston

This year has seen us having our stitching boundaries stretched by having speakers from other disciplines showcasing their working and sparking new ideas. Philippa Johnston's talk certainly did that with her work in recycled tin. Philippa has an array of tools with which she cuts up old sweetie tins and the like, and creates imaginative sculptures and jewellery out of them, incorporating the painted designs on the tins as part of the art. Some of the items had a distinct textile look, while others looked like sculptures or castings. Many were whimsical and brought a smile to the face, like the stitched teapot. As one member said, we'll never look at old sweetie tins in the same way again!
Philippa's website is

Christmas tree ornaments from sweetie tins

'Recycled' mouse

Mementos from stitched tin

Golden retriever

Beaten lantern

Stitched teapot

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