Iris Whitelock

Iris has been organising our speakers since late 2018. She is business owner at Art of Life - life coaching with a difference, which helps women identify their higher purpose in life, and bring it into existence through exploring and extending their creativity.  

WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO WAFTA?
I was attracted by the creative energy of the group.  It’s fantastic to be in amongst such a diversity of art expression by different women, and I love the broader perspectives I have gained through being a WAFTA member.

WHAT MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES DO YOU USE?
I started off with machine embroidery – a lovely way to scribble and create layers of shape and colour. I also love Mola technique, with lots of raw edges and imperfections!  I love incorporating recycling and upcycling materials and slow stitching.

WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON?
I am fired up about upcycling clothing. I have boxes of op-shop finds, and clothes that “have potential”, and a huge fabric stash that I enjoy making into long dresses which have become my signature clothin

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
I am inspired by makers like Jane Milburn because of the underlying ethical principles of re-cycling and re-purposing materials to transform them into new-for-me clothing. I like to use what I have, and hopefully reduce the stuff that would otherwise go to landfill.  A flow-on from that has been more care in how I choose what I make, and being okay about having clothes that last for years rather than just a fashion season.