Quote ” In the city, a multiplicity of threads caused a whirling confusion on the loom, but here (in the country) the simple pattern and the slow weaving made the purpose more discernible” – Elizabeth Gouge
The Margie and Bert Design Studio, is a creative space and working studio, established by Victorian based textile artist Christine Lethlean. With a love of ‘all things fabric’ and a flair for working with colour, textures and fibres, Christine’s artistic expression is followed by those who appreciate individual and unique style. Her work is a distinctive mix of her own ideas and inspiration drawn from environs and themes both locally and from around the globe. She uses a blend of diverse techniques including embroidery, machine drawing, thread painting, simple straight stitch, printing and mark making. Whilst Christine appreciates the breadth of new fabrics available on the market her ethos is repurposing and recycling and the resources she uses are sourced from the discarded and unloved pieces, kindly donated, shared or found in 2nd hand shops.
“We live in a world of the throw away, the disposable. We also live in a time when fear of missing out, propels insane shopping sprees, where cupboards spill over with projects that never get started or completed. For a moment in time I want to stop that and just allow what resources I have at hand to guide me, not the other way round!. There is something sacred and reflective about handling fabrics and embroidered pieces that have been collected on ones travels, that were once cherished or created by another. There is this whole other layer to the story of my artwork, one that I love to share”
Christine’s exhibition and commissioned work is personally designed and handcrafted and offered at an accessible price range without compromising the many hours work that go into each piece. She is committed to sustainable practice where possible, shopping locally for resources and supporting charities when purchasing for up-cycled and re-purposed ideas.
The working studio concept at the Margie & Bert Design Studio has rapidly evolved and is now an inspiring and nurturing rural work space overlooking the historic village of Clunes, Victoria, for textile artists and stitching enthusiasts to come together.
Christine teaches and facilitates stitching, textile art and mixed media workshops and quilting design. Go to the teaching schedule for up to date seasonal information on classes and workshops or send her an email to discuss a workshop tailored for you.
(written courtesy of Quilters Companion Magazine)