Maggie Winnall is a textile artist from Brixton London UK. She transform everyday materials into colourful, original, stylish accessories and art, hand-making everything herself.
What does your craft mean to you?
My aim is to create beauty and renew the life of pre-loved cloth, vintage fabrics, found materials and embellishments. I do this by mixing colour and shapes into abstract patterns and manipulating textures.
My journal writing inspires my ‘Affirmative Art’ range. I coined this and the phrase ‘Hope in Your Handbag’ to represent my work with affirmations, which I apply to my handbags and art work, to serve as reminders of the good things in life and the hopes we carry with us. I hope you enjoy my work.
Why are you taking part in Making Uncovered?
I am excited to be joining with other Brixtonian artists and makers, to share our range of talents and skills with the public. The event will give people the opportunity to see the wealth of talent here in Brixton and to see first hand (excuse the pun) what is involved in making by hand. I look forward to demonstrating my handbag making process, I will be machine quilting and hand sewing on the day. Hopefully it will inspire others to try textile art for themselves.
What will you be teaching people in your workshop and why should they sign up?
Hope in Your Handbag™ is a hand sewing workshop to make an oyster/card wallet. I like to make affirmations in fabric, affirmations help me focus on my aims and intentions for my day/life. I apply affirmations to oyster card wallets and handbags, seeing them reminds me of my intentions. This is what I will be sharing at the workshop. We will learn appliqué, how to use bondaweb, hand cutting cloth letters, hand stitching and learning a decorative embroidery stitch.
There will be lovely selection of coloured embroidery threads and vintage fabrics to choose from. Taking the time to make a fabric affirmation helps to remember it.
Maggie’s workshop is at 3pm on 20 April, and costs £11. All materials are provided, and you will take your wallet home with you. Please book on eventbrite – 4 spaces available.