Home' Scoop Homes and Art : Insite 28 Autumn 2011 Contents and teacher. The interim years have seen an evolution of her talents,
culminating in a business that deals in whimsy, as well as wearables.
“I’m interested in the everyday garment you feel beautiful in,” s ays
Trish, who has classical training in textiles and an artist’s sensibility.
“A garment can be simple, but a woman wants to feel beautiful.”
Painting is her other love, and it inspires her work with textiles.
Simple ink sketches adorn her shop. Reams of hand-painted
wallpaper hang from the ceiling. Her original acrylic paintings, done
on pattern-cutting card, adorn the walls. “It’s total play,” she says.
“There’s a naivete to my work. I’m often thinking: how can I capture
that and put it into something that can be worn.”
The words “natural elegance” resonate strongly for Trish, who
has a thing for neutral-coloured linens and organic shapes. She says
she’s always honing the art of subtlet y. “More isn’t always better.”
Even so, a theatricality imbues her work. There’s strong colour in
fabrics from Africa, Rajasthan, and local second-hand stores. Japanese
kimonos are a weakness. She uses small amounts of the soft silks and
cottons on borders. Linings, hidden to all but the wearer, also benefit.
“I love that idea from Memoirs of a Geisha, that when a woman
gets older her kimono becomes more modest, but the lining becomes
more delicious. That inspired me into the whole idea that the interior
of the garment is just as important.”
She’s about creating a feeling, by adding layers, nuance and depth.
“A woman tried on a skirt and said she felt Russian in it. She felt there
was something universal in the fabric, like world music,” she says.
Madam Bukeshla is more treasure trove than clothing store.
Pieces of fabric adorn Trish’s workbench at the back of the shop,
where she stitches and embellishes to create her one-off pieces.
“Ultimately, I’d like to make my own cloth, but until I can print or
hand-paint my own fabrics, I stitch them.”
Personal care is the overarching ethos. “There’s something so
supremely divine about the hand-stitched garment,” she says. “It
brings so much to the hand-stitcher, and therefore to the person who
wea rs it.” Madam Bukeshla, 16 Wray Avenue, Fremantle, (08) 9335 2444. I
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