Never has there been such a sweet and kind-hearted soul of stitchery. Madeleine of Made by Mosey started out creating beautiful mobiles for babies and has expanded her handmade product range to include fabric feathers and balloons, plush objects to adorn your home, handkerchief quilts and cushions. Madeleine’s beautifully organic approach and clever ability to make everyday objects out of fabric is what makes Made by Mosey shine. We’re bursting with excitement to have Madeleine joining us in Sydney on May 4 as our fourth and final creative mentor.
How long have you been making things?
Ever since I was little I have been creating and making. I spent a lot of time with my Grandmother who was very clever across a lot of mediums…sewing, leather and woodwork, knitting and painting. She taught me a great number of things and for that I am forever grateful.
How/where did you get started?
With a history in photography and interior design, I knew that I wanted to do something creative but it wasn’t until I had my first child that I really thought seriously about working for myself and building a handmade business that not only combined the two things I loved but enabled me to be flexible around my children. It was a long road though before I took the leap from a small dinner table business to full-time job. I was lucky that it grew so organically and I really feel as though I’m meant to be where I am right at this very moment.
Tell us a little about what you make and your style?
I take small pieces of fabric, patchwork them and then use the final product to create things. It’s a little like textile design, but instead of printing out the final design, I’m actually sewing it from scratch. All of my work has a strong graphic element and I often work with bright, solid colours.
Did you study to do what you do or are you self-taught?
I was taught to sew by my Grandmother and I developed my love of colour whilst studying interior design and working as a visual merchandiser.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Online, magazines, chatting to clever friends, my husband and children.
Why is it important for you to create things?
Creating and making is so very important because without being able to do so I would surely keel over and die. Yes it’s that serious!!!
What’s your favourite medium to work with?
Tell us a little about what you have planned for your Unleash Creative workshop
There will be colour, patterns, shapes and a whole lot of fun involved!