Tamara Russell of Karhina Textiles specialises in free machine embroidery, hand stitching and mending. Creating art, handbags, jewellery and mending supplies using up-cycled, recycled and reclaimed materials and machine embroidery for a one of a kind sustainable fashion statement.
The joy of working with found materials is the unexpected uses that can be found for them. I love this unpredictability and enjoy the inventiveness necessary to transform them. The choice of materials can also be a key part of the story of a piece. The materials not only highlight a need to address the amount of waste we produce, but also contributes to the story. I try to always use materials that are reclaimed, things with a history that have been discarded and might otherwise end up in landfill.
Tamara also runs workshops in machine and hand embroidery to take your creativity to new levels. Along with workshops enabling you to learn how to mend, darn, alter and reconstruct your clothes. Mending is a great life skill which can save you money, save your clothes and reduce your impact on the environment!