Fabric of Life was founded in 2003. Over that time we have met many people, sold many textiles and undertaken textile conservation treatments of 100's of textiles. Here are a few comments from our customers.
We are so very grateful that we found Mary to conserve, hand sew and prepare our precious family designed and printed Italian silk scarf for displaying.
We are in debt to Mary for taking such exceptional care and skill in preserving this textile for us to look absolutely amazing. She did it perfectly!!
As soon as I met Mary I knew she was the right person for us, her personalised approach eased my mind from beginning to end and her skills are second to none.
Thank you Mary and forever grateful 🙏
Helen Giuseppe and Lidia
Italian Silk scarf
Thank you, Mary, for the excellent work you did with Grampy's rugs. I am thrilled with the result, and I know they will look majestic when I hang them up.
Set of Egyptian rugs collected in Egypt during World War 1
My friend Rosey loved your beautiful scarf. Thank you for making such joyful purchases a possibility.
Mum's wedding dress has arrived and we are so thrilled with it. You have done a wonderful job, thanks so much. Mum recognised it straight away and almost cried with joy. Steve the courier was lovely.
Wedding Dress and Photographs
Just a brief note to say how pleased I am with your beautiful workmanship in restoring my Victorian tapestry chair.
Thank you very much indeed.
I will keep in touch and thank you again, I am so pleased with my chair."
Victorian Nursing Chair
"In the past 6 months the Queen Adelaide Room (in the Town Hall) underwent refurbishment, and a time-lapse video of this project was produced. It features the silk bannerette at the start and near the end of the video, so I’ve attached a link to the video below. I think it looks fantastic in the new look QAR.
Queen Adelaide Silk Bannerette, Adelaide Town Hall
Helen Szuster Archives Collection Officer
Corporation of the City Of Adelaide
"Our bedspread arrived safely this morning.
Thank you very much….you have done a fantastic job. I thought it may have been beyond redemption.!! "
".......but most importantly, thank you very, very much for your wonderful work on the tapestry:
it looks splendid and I am absolutely delighted with it. You have apparently performed miracles.
My friends finally arrived to help uncrate it today - and they too were both amazed by the transformation and enchanted by the restored item.
It will be hung according to your meticulous instructions tomorrow. "
18th Century Belgian Tapestry
"Mortimer Menpes 2 panel screen - We are thrilled to see the improvement in the screens. Many thanks for a great job.
Mary they look amazing!
What a wonderful textile piece of art history to bring back to life, and what a story! ...."
Julie Robinson, Art Gallery of South Australia
Art Gallery of South Australia
"I'd like to thank you for your valuable contribution to the recent seminar "Threads". It is wonderful to have the opportunity to hear about your experiences working with artists and communities from Ernabella and Gujarat, particularly as many of these artists are represented in the QAG Collections.......It is always a pleasure to hear from speakers who have engaged directly with communities and who have an obvious passion for their subject."
Threads - Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art
Queensland Art Gallery
"I just wanted to thank you so much for the gorgeous cushion and your lovely personal note when it arrived.
I really value all your beautiful products Mary and appreciate your love of textiles - thank you so much."
"Your store is a testimony to beauty and the endeavors of extraordinary artisans around the world. Thank you for bringing so much joy to so many through Fabric of Life. "
"I have this a.m. seen the restored School Banner and am so thrilled with the finished result. Thank you so much for your part in helping to prolong the life of this treasure of our Church.
Several of our Guild ladies were present too and they expressed what fine work you have done. Interestingly, the French newspaper you found in the backing, gives credence to the story of the origin of the banner. "
Jennie Coleman, St Andrews Church
St.Andrew’s Church, Walkerville SA
"Just a quick note to say a big thank you for the fabulous workshop last week.
Really appreciated your generosity in sharing your expertise Mary, and seeing the diversity of beautiful textiles brought along.
It was wonderful!"
Textile Conservation Workshops in conjunction with Adelaide City Council 2016
"Mary Jose, textile conservator at the “Fabric of Life”, returned the restored verandah chair to Urrbrae House. Mary has done a magnificent job which was funded by a donation from the Urrbrae House snooker group led by Richard Wells. The Friends of Urrbrae House committee has agreed to fund the conservation of the second verandah chair which is now being undertaken by Mary Jose. Mary has done some excellent conservation work for the house over the years, which has included tub chairs in the library and curtains in the drawing room."
Urrbrae House, University of Adelaide
Curator, Urrbrae House
University of Adelaide
" The restored pichwai seems that it wasn't damaged at all. Excellent work. Well Done Mary. "
19th Century Indian painted cloth depicting the life of Krishna
The curtains exceeded all my expectations- most impressive.
Digital reproduction of 3 sets of curtains