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the workshop story BABBARRA DESIGNS

19 August 2016
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Read in: French

For this very first workshop, I proposed to make a mini collection at the Babbarra centre. The idea was quite simple : I would design the shape of the clothes, the Babbarra centre would provide the prints. So I flew the distance of approximately 15000km from France to Australia with new patterns freshly designed for the workshop. On site, Julia, the manager of the centre, presented me their collection of prints. I chose one by Susan Marawarr, an artist who had worked at the centre a few years ago. She is also known for her paintings that she exhibits a the Maningrida Art Gallery. 

Babbarra-cathy amouroux wear you from

An essential step, print the pieces of clothing. The technique : framed screen printing. I designed a lot of flattened pleats and I wanted to print only on the upper side of the pleats, so each piece had to be pleated already before being printed on. This was not easy since the fabric was rather thick but after a few tries and with some patience, the desired result came through. 

Babbarra-cathy amouroux wear you from

Babbarra-cathy amouroux wear you from

Lastly, the sewing. I worked with Lennie and Elizabeth, two seamstresses at the centre. They were more used to working on accessories and home linens, so they were intrigued by the idea of working on clothes. They worked like true professionals. Thanks to their patience and skills, the clothes gradually took shape. 

Babbarra-cathy amouroux wear you from

Babbarra-cathy amouroux wear you from

Thank you Lennie, thank you Elizabeth for your hard work. Thank you Susan for the great print. Thank you Julia for this exciting workshop. 

Babbarra-cathy amouroux wear you from

And all the final photos are here!

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