My name is Rebecca Madigan, known to everyone as Bek. I was born and raised at Cooroy and now living at Pomona and raising my family.
I am a lover of all things textiles and have tried my hand at many creative pursuits. Sewing and stitching have been with me now for nearly 20 years and I am so grateful to have a passion which I can enjoy from the comfort of my own home. I am a wife and mum to 3 lovely kids and began sewing as a hobby to enjoy while I stayed home raising my children.
Creating is like breathing for me, I need to do it to make me function in life and even when the everyday stuff is crazy busy and I have no energy left, when everyone else is in bed, I still like to get into my studio, and even if I don't create I just love to be there, playing with a new idea or fondling some fabric, or sewing up something I cut out days or weeks ago. I must admit I have a love for starting new projects, the thrill of bringing a design to life, choosing fabrics, notions, colours, and textures, it is a high point in my creative journey.
People will often ask me if I can make this or that and I will usually reply " If it's made of fabric I can make it", this is something I am very proud of especially being completely self taught.
I thought long and hard about a label name for my sewing pursuits and I have always had a great love of butterflies and knew my label had to have something to do with butterflies. The idea came to me that maybe I could use some of my heritage to create my label. I have a great grandmother who was Romanian so after much brainstorming, I Googled butterfly in Romanian and Fluturi (pronounced flu-ture-ree) was born.
How long have you been creating your work?
I have been sewing under the label of Fluturi for 10 years. I started out selling to friends as they were admiring my creations which were limited to funky printed cotton handbags at the time, and I have progressed from there. I have however been sewing for the past 18 years.
How did you get started?
I began sewing while I was pregnant with my first child, teaching myself as I went. Sewing became my time out and I didn't see it as a chore but as a privileged to have time at the machine. I tended to make my own patterns or greatly modify one, I borrowed all the books from the library I could about sewing and patchworking and from there honed my skills. All of my creations are either one of a kind pieces or from a very small run.
What is your greatest inspiration?
This is by far the easiest question to answer, I am inspired to create by colours and patterns in everyday life and also by so many ranges of wonderfully printed patchwork cotton, and then there is the glorious textures like velvet, antique lace and felted wools to name a few. I am also inspired by things I find like vintage buttons and doilies, or maybe just a scrap of fabric to build an idea from. I have a huge collection of both new and vintage textiles and notions and my self proclaimed rule is that for each creation I must use something in my very large "stash" of goodies.
What is the greatest challenge to owning and operating your own business?
The greatest challenge I face is having the buyer understand that quality and uniqueness will not come at the same price point as mass produced sweatshop goods. An example of this is my cushions: Most are one of a kind pieces, however each piece is lined, the seams triple stitched and overlocked, with a well sewn in zipper, which makes them washable and oh so durable.
What is the best thing about owning your own creative business?
The best thing is the opportunity to keep exploring my craft. I am always seeking out new colourways, textures and creation methods. The hand stitched sign on my studio wall sums up this question the best way I know how it says "My soul is fed by needle and thread", and is a piece I made when I first started stitching all of those years ago, so I guess deep down I knew that this craft was the one for me. If I go more than a few days without creating I get fidgety and am not as nice to live with as when I have had some creating time.