Friday, 2 December 2011


What a fabulous day it was at Jennifer Collier's Studio 12 workshop in November making paper clothes!

Above is a shot of Jennifer's kid glove collection.  Her work is so amazing.  Jennifer is deeply committed to  recycling - and most of her work is made up of materials that have been cast aside - she upcycles old elements into new and varied forms which always delight the eye.

Here is a pair of gauntlet type gloves which believe it or not are made from teabags - the empty teabags provide little pockets which when stuck together from the fabric of the glove and stitched together exactly as you would a fabric glove - this provides depth and a real 3D effect:

My favourites are  the long evening gloves are just glorious, most of which are a collage old documents and images - again stitched together, incorporating button holes and vintage buttons adds to the realistic effect - I love them!

As well as the gloves we put together the collaged elements for a dress and a bib which we could complete at home with the addition of haberdashery elements.  Below are two of Jennifer's map dresses.

We came away with several pieces of clothing, a worksheet of methods including using plastics bags and were all fired with enthusiasm to carry on at home.  All in all, it was a great day out, not too far from home and a really useful grounding in methods I will employ in all manner of ways in future.  I have one pair of gloves nearly complete and my other clothes on the 'to do' pile - currently post-christmas!  

Many more pictures of Jennifer's paper objects - cameras, typewriters, shoes and teasets etc will be on next week!

I was back at Studio 12 the week before last for a pocket making workshop with Ellie Evans
- more on that soon!  

Love to all


  1. Dear Di- Thank you for posting these great photos from your workshop!
    I have been so curious to see what you were up to there.....looks like a lot of fun, and right up our ally! Jennifer's "map dresses" are amazing! It is so much fun to sew with paper.....keep at it and show us what you are doing at home! LOVE- Oolie

  2. I would really like to see the ones that YOU made!
    I hope you will share them.
    The classes BOTH sound pretty fab, my friend - lucky you!
    Thanks for the post. Looking forward to the next one.

  3. Can't wait to see what you made Di. Love the dresses. So cute. I want to make one with rabbit drawings all over it in pink. Then I will make a paper me to wear it.

  4. I was just at the Crafts Centre in Sleaford this week and saw Jennifer's work in the shop there. How lovely to imagine you doing this course. Thanks for posting Di.


  5. I went on a Jennifer Collier course at and it was fabulous. I made a pair of paper shoes for my daughter for her birthday - I did post about them if you would care to take a peek. My most recent course was with Samantha Bryan who makes creatures and fairies it was magical. Julie Arkell visits the workshop once a year and I have been twice and loved every minute.