Monday, 22 August 2016

Article in newspaper 2



Designer Gina Mastio made prestigious NY Times Wedding section with star composer’s granddaughter’s frock

A DRESS made from felt and dyed with eucalyptus leaves has made it into the prestigious weddings section of the New York Times.
Frenchs Forest designer Gina Mastio made the dress for bride Frankie Thomas — despite her getting married in Connecticut, USA.

A screengrab of the New York Times piece with a picture of Frankie Thomas wearing the dress by Gina Mastio with husband Ian Tattersall photographed by Kelly Prizel.
Gina Mastio in her studio.

She’s the granddaughter of West Side Story composer Leonard Bernstein, and found Mrs Mastio online.
She was commissioned to craft the special frock from silk and other natural fibres, including a concoction of the Aussie leaves — with rusty metal added to create the oyster grey colour.

Actress Natalie Wood in 1961 film West Side Story
West Side Story composer Leonard Bernstein.
She had no idea the buyer had such an illustrious heritage or that she’d be chosen by the paper.
Mrs Mastio, said: “I nearly fell over. I couldn’t believe it.”
The dress featured in a storey called Dresses Our Brides Have Worn, alongside frocks by big name designers including Phillip Lim.
Similar dresses take six weeks to create and cost from $650.

WHO IS FRANKIE THOMAS?

FRANKIE is a freelance writer and transcriber for journalists and documentary filmmakers.
She married Ian Tattersall, a doctor, in Connecticut on June 4.
The couple met, according to the New York Times, through mutual friends out for a night at a karaoke bar in Manhattan in 2011.
He friended her on Facebook the next day but they didn’t become a couple until the following summer after directing A Midsummer Night’s Dream together for the Bard Hall Players.
The bride told the designer she’d wanted one of her dresses before she even knew she was getting married.
She wrote in her review of Mrs Mastio’s work: “I am so lucky to have found Gina Mastio, the most talented artist working on Etsy!
As soon as I discovered her work, I immediately knew I wanted her to provide my wedding dress — and I wasn’t even engaged yet.
“Once I got engaged, I never even considered getting my dress anywhere else: I HAD to have a Gina Mastio dress.
“It was an absolute dream come true when she agreed to make a custom one for me.
I'm in New York, and I was worried about working with a designer in Australia, but Gina was always responsive, informative, and kind in our correspondence.
“She asked good questions and made helpful suggestions about the design and sizing. When the dress arrived, it was wrapped in beautiful paper, with a lovely handwritten note.
“And the dress is PERFECT — gorgeous, well made, even better than I hoped! Thank you, Gina!”

The New York times reported that the bride also liked the frock because she can wear it again, unlike many of the sumptuous creations.
Mrs Mastio, who is originally from France, said: “She contacted me through my etsy shop and requested me to create a dress for her.
“We discussed the style and sizing details, and I contacted her whenever I needed a detail clarified.
“With my techniques I use, it is very sculptural.
“The dresses are not cut and stitched, but rather hand felted from silk fabric and wool fibres that are laid down individually.
“The piece is hand felted together and shrinks during the process. There are many factors that influence the outcome, so no two items are alike.
“Experience is the essential ingredient to create a dress at a distance in such circumstances.”

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Eco dye course in Sydney

An exciting one day workshop on Thursday 18th August from 9.30 till 3.30. Lunch and materials included, in personal setting. $170, booking required. More details below. Northern beaches, Sydney.

Plant dyed fabrics. Natural colour.

Eco printed scarf. Plant dyed.
In this 1 day course you will create submersion dyes with numerous plants and experiment with some simple techniques to pattern cloth. We will also explore the magic of eco prints and play with scrap metal.

This course is perfect for beginners and dabblers of dyeing who may like a little more guidance with these techniques. You will leave with new creative ideas to make your fabrics and papers more unique and beautiful, using natural dyeing techniques. Great for any textile of craft enthusiast. 
A sample pack of silk and wool fabrics is included in the price, as well as paper and a wool scarf to dye.
 
Eco dye workshop. Plant dyed colour

Natural plant dyes. 

Plant dyeing with Costa on Gardening Australia

Using plants to make natural colour.

Eco printing on paper.

Eco printed scarf.

Monday, 11 July 2016

New York Times article featuring my dress

Photo by Kelly Prizel
Life is full of surprises. Just as I had landed in beautiful Sardinia last September, content to have a wonderful break with my family, I received an etsy conversation from a lovely girl named Charlie, who lives in New York. She told me she was in love with a boy, and my dresses, and wondered if I could make her one for her wedding in June. So one thing led to another and at a distance from Sydney when I finally stopped gallivanting, I made her wedding dress.... that just got featured in the New York Times last week, in a wonderful article about some unusual wedding dresses, which you can read about here:
 www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/07/07/fashion/weddings/wedding-dress.html
Photo by Kelly Prizel

Photo by Kelly Prizel
It was an amazing surprise when Frankie contacted me last week to say we were in the New York Times, I felt like I was dreaming. It's a funny old life, this one.... I just love the elfish look of these two young loves. A pleasure to be a part of it. Here is the lovely review Frankie gave me on my creation:

I am so lucky to have found Gina Mastio, the most talented artist working on Etsy! As soon as I discovered her work, I immediately knew I wanted to her to provide my wedding dress -- and I wasn't even engaged yet. :) Once I got engaged, I never even considered getting my dress anywhere else: I HAD to have a GIna Mastio dress. It was an absolute dream come true when she agreed to make a custom one for me. I'm in New York, and I was worried about working with a designer in Australia, but Gina was always responsive, informative, and kind in our correspondence. She asked good questions and made helpful suggestions about the design and sizing. When the dress arrived, it was wrapped in beautiful paper, with a lovely handwritten note. And the dress is PERFECT -- gorgeous, well made, even better than I hoped! Thank you, Gina!





Thursday, 7 July 2016

Eco dye course in Sydney, August 2016

'Colour your textiles with plants' 1 day eco dye course.

Thursday 18th August, 9.30- 3.30 in the Northern Beaches, Sydney

$170 with lunch and sample pack provided.



In this 1 day course you will create submersion dyes with numerous plants and experiment with some simple techniques to pattern cloth. We will also explore the magic of eco prints and play with scrap metal.


This course is perfect for beginners and dabblers of dyeing who may like a little more guidance with these techniques. You will leave with new creative ideas to make your fabrics and papers more unique and beautiful, using natural dyeing techniques. Great for any textile of craft enthusiast. 
A sample pack of silk and wool fabrics is included in the price, as well as paper and a wool scarf to dye.




For more information, contact me: ginamastioATyahooDotfr

Be quick, very limited places.


Monday, 27 June 2016

3D felt making course in Sydney


For those who would like to learn to felt in 3D, here is a one day course I am running in July. There are only a couple of places available, so act quick if this interests you. 
A fun and creative day, where we will create felt from lovely merino tops, which you can bring yourself or is available to buy on the day. One small bag is included in the fee. You can choose your colour preference.
Contact me by email for further details on reserving your place. 
A great way to pass a winter's day!

ps i'm now on instagram @ginamastio for all my latest news

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Fun, fresh and friendship


 I've just spent a lovely few hours snapping shots of my dear friend, who I'm so lucky is happy to dash on my frocks for a shot or three.  Thank you my dear! Here are my latest creations incase you are browsing for something original, handcrafted and arty. 




Unique hand crafted white silk nuno felt dress. Beautiful for an original bride.




Large shawls made to order. Contact me for prices.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Video from eco dye course at Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

Tara Axford has kindly shared with me this video she shot during my two day eco dye workshop I recently ran at the Sydney Botanic Gardens. We had a gorgeous two days of sunshine, heat, plants and colour. In this current wet and chilly day as I write, I miss that heat we were trying to hide from in autumn! Click the link below for a hint of the grand time we shared.

https://player.vimeo.com/video/168519776


Photo by Tara Axford

Photo by Tara Axford

Photo by Tara Axford

For future eco plant dye workshops, which can include on fabrics, paper or combining introduction to felt and eco print where we felt a scarf and then print with leaves onto it.... currently taking names for future dates. Small friendly groups. A lovely way to pass a cold winter's day.