Monday, 27 March 2017

Photos from eco dyeing and nuno felting at the Sydney Botanic Gardens

plant dyed silks
Here are some photos from the two day nuno felt eco dye course I ran at the Sydney Botanic Gardens recently. This is the third year I have had the pleasure to give a dye workshop at the gardens and I'm always sincerely grateful for the honour, as I do consider it such an incredible landmark in Australia, a place of breathtaking beauty. 

In the workshop this year I combined eco plant dyeing with nuno felt making, so that participants learnt some techniques in both creative fields. In two days they learnt emersion dyes from garden plants, eco printing, created a nuno felt shawl with eco dyeing and a cushion cover, also plant dyed. They now have enough creative knowledge to continue to explore for the rest of their days!
eco prints 

 


Nuno felt shawls made with pre plant dyed silks and post dyed with plants. Try saying that quickly...


Nuno felt shawls and cushion covers, plant dyed and hand felted.

If you would like to be on a waiting list for my upcoming courses, feel free to contact me here or follow my instagram @ginamastio

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Learn to nuno felt and eco dye with plants

silk fabrics dyed with plants
There are still a few places left in my nuno felting and eco dyeing course running at the Sydney Botanic Gardens next Friday and Saturday the 17th and 18th March 2017. Be quick to contact the gardens on the link below or contact them on Lyn Johnson (02) 9231 8182 | lyn.johnson@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au


Two days of fun exploring creative and beautiful techniques that you can continue to practice at home after. Endless possibilities and you will take home two original creations made by you.
Hope to see you there.
https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/whatson/Pland-Dyed-Nuno-Felt-Textiles-with-Gina-Mastio 

plant dye samples
nuno felt shawl dyed with plants
nuno felt shawl and cushion, dyed with plants



Sunday, 22 January 2017

2017 Nuno felt plant dye course at Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney


 Plant Dyed Nuno Felt Textiles with Gina Mastio
                              
                                                                              17 - 18 March 2017

  
In this new course, textiles artist Gina Mastio combines two of her passions, felt making and eco plant dyeing in this creative two day plant/natural fibres course. Perfect for beginners or more experienced creatives of either medium, wishing to learn some of the wonders of natural dyes from plants and how to make your own original textiles pieces. 

Day one you will learn nuno felting, combining silk with merino wool to form a unique nuno felt scarf. You will then discover the eco printing technique, printing your scarf to your own design.
Day two you will make submersion dyes from plant material and learn to felt over a plastic relief pattern to create your own nuno felt cushion. These will then also be eco dyed with the technique of your choice. 
Further experiments with colour from the submersion dyes and eco printing will also be done throughout the course - Two wonderfully creative days to introduce you to some beautiful new techniques.
Places in classes of two days or more can be secured by paying $100 deposit and balance two weeks before class dates.  Deposits can only be paid by phone: 9231 8182.

Location: Joseph Maiden Theatre
Age: Adult
Transport info: www.transportnsw.info
More info: Class fee includes all materials, morning tea and lunch
Price:
$335 (Foundation & Friends $295)
Contact:
Lyn Johnson (02) 9231 8182 | lyn.johnson@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Sustainable fashion from Sydney


Here are some shots I took this week of my nature inspired eco clothing. Hand felted and dyed with plants from my local environment. Each piece is unique, one of a kind. 



 Look at the beauty of the Sydney bushland, we are so lucky to be surrounded by this. 





Bespoke orders available for those who love original clothing made just for them.


The gorgeous Francheska kindly wearing my creations. 

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!