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Mandy trained as a Surface Pattern and Textile Designer and now works from an attic studio in a converted manse in rural Northumberland. She runs textile workshops at throughout the UK and abroad, and makes work to sell and exhibit.
Mandy treasures the old and worn, refashioning vintage textiles into new collages which are embellished with stitch and appliqué. She re-cycles and reuses very old and often disintegrating materials which have been passed on or discarded. She particularly likes to cut up and unpick utility patchworks and quilts made by women in domestic settings.
She consciously relates to the thrift and ‘make- do and mend” culture of past times as well as folk art traditions and techniques. Her 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.