|Papa Drew at a Market 2018|
As an eight year old child growing up in Central Queensland, we would visit my grandparents every Christmas in Brisbane. Every year this would result in me being dragged around with my sister, Mother and Grandmother to every imaginable dress shop they could find. Realizing that complaining about it wasn’t working, I figured the best way to get out of there was to give my recommendations on what I thought worked and didn’t. It seemed everyone was happy with my suggestions. Big Mistake, Now I was on call for my opinion more often.
I know you trained at Ithaca TAFE, took some additional sewing courses and worked as a tailor to add to your self-taught skills. Can you share about about the highs and lows of studying. What came easy? What was a challenge?
Through my years of study, I’ve learnt that I’m a hands on learner. I can look at a book for a long time and struggle to comprehend what I’m reading. However, if I’m shown something and am actively doing the same thing, that’s the learning I enjoy. Working in a clothing factory I’d be shown something then I’d go and do it, making modifications on the run.
The Papa Drew label as it is today is different to the original idea. Throughout 2017 I researched the possibility of having my fabrics printed overseas; as I was only doing short runs the price was still relatively high. I did order enough to make 10 shirts in cotton poplin. I let it sit for months and months. In September 2017, at a market on Karragarra Island, my partner mentioned that we should head along to the speaker’s tent where a lady was talking about fashion. Michelle seemed insistent, so we went along. That is where I was first introduced to the concept of slow fashion.
|Men’s shirts made from recycled fabric 2018.|
|Evening Wear 2000|
I am so thrilled to have you a part of the EFWA Upcycling Challenge by Marilyn R Wilson and Dalija Vlahov. Have you ever upcycled used garments before? If so, how?
All the Papa Drew range is currently created from recycled materials. We have a lifelong history of making donations to the many great op shops that are around. In exchange, we receive a range of fabrics to create something new with an interesting history.
Please share a little about your approach/inspiration for creating your runway look for this international show? What can the audience expect?
On seeing the link to this competition on the Textile Beats Face Book page, I immediately wanted to be a part of it as I felt I needed to stretch myself creatively. I immediately thought of Jonathan as an ideal collaborator. I’ve photographed his work a few times and love his approach to construction. The idea behind it is extravagant. Although we’ve designed an entire collection; we created a celebratory style outfit fitting for this show.
I’ve come to realize that you don’t need to buy extravagant fabric to create a quality garment. It simply needs to incorporate good design, a good fit and suit the personality of the wearer. I’d like my international audience to know that there’s enough material in the world already. Seek it out and make or have made your own original outfits. Be original.
To create original garments, encourage recycling, and constantly be aware of our impact on the planet.
The future of Papa Drew will involve creating original fabric prints though a variety of mediums, We will be using screen print, wood block and batik on reclaimed fabrics to create one-off garments.
|Designer Daywear 2000|