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makeUp at Harvest Workroom - Greg Hatton & Leila Sanderson

8th July, 2011
Jenny Butler
Friday 8th July 2011

After a big week of makeUp Guest Blogging - Lara, Jess and Em conclude this week featuring Greg Hatton and Leila Sanderson. A huge THANK YOU to the Harvest ladies for an excellent week and I encourage everyone to sign up for one of the makeUp workshops - they are guaranteed to be outstanding! - Jenny x

Greg Hatton and Leila Sanderson

Leila Sanderson and Greg Hatton work together on many gardening and interior design projects. Both Leila and Greg are teaching workshops for makeUp. Both of their workshops reflect the up-cycling that occurs in their daily making and designing.

Leila produces Teepees out of recycled sail cloth that are all one off pieces, each teepee has it's own personalised stitching and decorations. Leila describes what first lead her to first those one of a kind teepees that she is famous for.

"One of the many varied things I do is make recycled sailcloth teepees! I started to make them shortly after I started working with Greg Hatton. I had been thinking about making some kind of kids play shelter for some time and Greg had an old yacht sail hanging in his workshop in St. Kilda - so the idea and the sail cloth came together as a teepee!"

In these photos Leila is installing wallpaper that she custom designed for the pop up shop Madam Truffles which she and Greg designed the fit out for (it is open for the month of July).

For makeUp Leila is running a workshop called Make A Mini Teepee with Leila Sanderson. In the workshop students will design and make a mini version of her teepee using recycled sail cloth. You can then translate the technique to any scale. To book into Leila's Mini Teepee workshop head to our website.

If you want to check out more of Leila's work she writes for Greg's blog and often shows updates on her work. Leila is also constructing a window display called "Shipwrecked" that will be in the window of Harvest Workroom from Wed the 13th of July.

Greg Hatton loading up his ute with unwanted willow

For makeUp Greg Hatton is running a workshop called Make Your Own Willow Chair. During your day with Greg students will learn how to make a basic chair using harvested willow branches. Greg collects the willow from properties wishing to clear this tree that is now considered a weed, you can see him pictured loading it into his ute.

Greg is famous for his earthy style which is heavily influenced by recycling or using timber in its original form.

“I have been making things for as long as I’ve been able to hit a nail with a hammer. Billy carts, tree houses, boats…..I’m utilitarian versus aesthetic, practical environmentalism, functional but beautiful. All my work is constructed from reclaimed materials, found objects and introduced trees that cause land degradation such as willow, poplar and hawthorn. A fallen tree given another life, a piece of timber another use.”

You can read more about him from past his past interview on The Design Files and on his website.

We hope you have enjoyed reading about the makeUp series of workshops this past week and the fantastic artists behind them. It is such a special line up we hope some of you can make it to a workshop! Be sure to visit us at the Harvest Workroom in East Brunswick some time during the State of Design Festival. Or come say hi to us at Design:Made:Trade where we will be launching the latest Harvest Textiles range.

Thanks to Lucy and Jenny for inviting us to contribute to The Design Files.

Lara, Jess & Em x

The Design Files acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

First Nations artists, designers, makers, and creative business owners are encouraged to submit their projects for coverage on The Design Files. Please email