Tag - natural dyes

Christiana Vardakou and the Philosophy of ‘Slow Design’

Christiana Vardakou is a recent graduate from UAL: Chelsea College of Art and Design. She specialised in digital printing, however her work now focuses on natural dyeing and printing. She believes in the philosophy of ‘Slow Design’ and tries to express the beauty of process in creating. She recently travelled around South East Asia, taking traditional textile classes and learning more about traditional techniques, every week she writes a blog post about what she’s learnt while travelling. She has [...]

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Kate Cullen: Created by Hand, Curated by Heart

Botanically dyed silk ribbons & handmade paper in the UK. Kate hand dyes natural fibres using plants to create beautiful ribbons for use in floristry and events. She also makes table runners and napkins, all from her home in the beautiful Cotswolds. Kate also offers artistic direction & styling for wedding & lifestyle brands based on her 8 years working with dozens of talented creatives to create meaningful and beautiful imagery that echoes her clients work to perfection, bringing them [...]

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Katrina Rodabaugh: Artist, Writer, and Crafter Working Across Disciplines to Explore Environmental and Social Issues Through Traditional Craft Techniques

Katrina Rodabaugh is an artist, writer, and crafter working across disciplines to explore environmental and social issues through traditional craft techniques. Mostly, she rethinks the relationship between fiber art, sustainability, and slow fashion. Since August 2013 she’s been on a fashion fast, Make Thrift Mend, to focus on mending, plant dyes, and prioritizing handmade or secondhand garments instead of buying new clothing. She also grows, forages, and harvests dye plants near her farmhouse in the Hudson Valley. Her work [...]

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Botanical Being: Connecting Your Self With the Energy From Plants and the Earth

Botanical Being is a new way to live your life – connecting your self with the energy from plants and the earth. Using natural resources and mindfully sourced ingredients, the products are created in the studio and added to the gallery. Maria is the being at the centre of this concept, a teacher, consultant and textile artist who is passionate about the work she creates and wants to enhance your being by bringing these elements into your life. Whether [...]

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Bryn Pratt-Boyden: Textile and Costume Designer

Bryn Pratt-Boyden is starting out as a freelance Fashion, textile and costume designer/maker living in London. His work is very experimental but sustainable and ethical at the same time. Using a vast array of fabrics, from vintage Japanese denim scraps, to fish skin leather, he sustainably produces his work on his narrowboat in London, making interesting yet wearable and durable clothing. ​His textiles are all eco friendly, such as patchwork from old scraps of fabric, knitting with sustainable and fair [...]

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BOTANICAL INKS Plant-to-Print Dyes, Techniques and Projects

Author: Babs Behan Photography: Kim Lightbody Each section opens with an evocative two-page photograph. Photos of nature, including close ups of leaves and flowers, images of collecting plants along country roads, detail of materials, containers, and the studio and work table, run through the book. Together with the expansive, articulate, and well-researched text, they create a narrative. This book was conceived of as a guide, but also a travel and experimentation companion for those who wish to try dyeing at home. And experimentation [...]

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The Eco Crafters and Entrepreneur’s Award – Summer 2018

The runners up for the ‘Eco Crafters and Entrepreneur’s Award’. Discover the winners of the ‘Eco Crafters and Entrepreneur’s Award’ in the Summer Issue 2018! We have dedicated to the winners three full pages where they talk about their craft, the materials they used and they also give great tips. And come and join the conversation in our Facebook group and get the chance to be shortlisted for our award and the chance to be feature in the magazine! Grażyna Ossowska   Jackie Tunnicliffe   Soo Town   Terracharm Alexander   Marie [...]

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The Selkie – Weaving & The Wild Feminine

Kate Stuart is an artist, craftswoman and writer based in the North East of England. Owner of The Phoenix Green Store, she is currently in the process of transforming it into Newcastle Upon Tyne’s first zero waste shop. Here, she writes about a recent exhibition by fellow craftswoman, Imogen Di Sapia, entitled The Selkie – Weaving & The Wild Feminine. Imogen Di Sapia is an accomplished craftswoman and storyteller who marries her skills in textile art, puppet making and weaving [...]

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Eve Studd: Natural Dyer, Eco Printer, Tutor, Horticulturalist, Textile Artist

I am a natural dyer and eco printer, growing almost all the plants I use in my wildlife friendly garden on the border between England and Scotland.  The colours of the local landscape are my inspiration – rock, sea and sky – I have a lot of those up here!  The local geology is very varied, influencing the soils and plants and some of the different characteristics can be easily seen on the coastline.  Ancient and traditional dyeplants grow [...]

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Sustain: Organic and Naturally Dyed Clothing

Sustain is one of the first companies in the United States to make organic, naturally dyed clothing. Sustain’s mission is to change the conversation from making “low impact” clothing, to making clothing that actually helps the environment. Plus, the Sustain clothing line focuses on health, as the clothing is made from organic fibers and natural dyes, which are full of antioxidants instead of harmful toxins. Sustain only uses fair trade materials and uses only 100% natural fabrics, sewing threads, [...]

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