The big news is Julie is having a pop-up shop at Virgin Walls, Blackheath, just up the road from the studio where she creates her iconic designs.
Showcasing both old favourites and some new products she has been developing over the year, the pop-up is a bit of a celebration of Julie’s creativity and collaborative spirit. Julie has been flat-chat making and gathering stock and here’s what she’s got.
For starters there’s a new batch of bags from old Cloth sample books. There’s only 25 of these beauties.
These jaunty ham bags for wrapping Christmas hams are a collaboration with ethical meat supplier Feather and Bone. There’s ten of them.
There’s twenty summery feeling Bottle tea towels like this one.
And this is another collaboration with Dharma Door. There’s just twelve big and bigger fair trade stuff sacks to put stuff in.
There’s ten ceramic plates created through Julie’s long time collaboration with potter, Katherine Mahoney, and a few aprons that are made from her fabric offcuts.
And to round it out nicely Julie’s just made some 1970s influenced wall hangings from French army surplus linen overprinted, stitched and frayed with leather loops and twig hangers.
There’s lampshades, napkins and cushions and the artworks and manifestos she makes under her Paterson brand, and of course her award-nominated book ClothBound.
And just in time for summer she’s hacked some deckchairs from IKEA, making customised slings for them with her just released Cloth Outside In outdoor upholstery fabric.
‘Ever since I closed my Clothshop in Sydney on William Street people have been asking me for new products,’ Julie says. ‘I love that this pop-up creates an opportunity to connect with my customers here in the mountains where I actually make the work. And my old retail manager Trudie Bright-Eyes is even coming up to help. It will be like old times.’
It’s all happening at Virgin Walls, 251a Great Western Highway 27/28/29 November. Starting at 10am on the Friday, finishing at 4pm on the Sunday.
* Just a wee suggestion. If you are popping up from Sydney, why not drive up through Windsor, where you can catch Julie’s exhibition Cloth: Seeds to Bloom at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery? Then you can drive up the Bells Line of Road, which has to be one of the most pleasant things ever to do on a spring day.