Tag - natural dyes

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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Piracaianas: The perfect shoes for an eco-friendly path

Already as a child, Maria was interested in fashion, mannequins and craftsmanship. When the time came to make a decision, she went to study Fine Art, Fashion and Design in Ssuso Paulo and it was  during this period of her life that she got immersed in the world of shoes. After several working experiences  and continuing education in shoes and fashion, Maria decided to dedicate her time to the development of eco-friendly footwear. “I researched into the history of footwear, [...]

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Sesame Seed Designs: Translating a love for the outdoors

Casey love for the outdoors comes from growing up on 20 acres alongside a mountain stream and with a patient mother who tolerated salamanders, crawdads and aquatic insects as temporary pets. She fall in love with summer camps as a nine-year-old exploring the redwood forests at a beautiful camp in northern California and went on to spend several summers during college working as a counselor. This explains not only the educational and environmental projects she develops around Friends of Tryon [...]

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NAÏVE! UNIQUE: Inspiration and textile art from Oaxaca

NAÏVE! UNIQUE offers pieces of TEXTILE ART you can wear in your daily life to make it different, feeling in tune with nature. Created in Mexico, this contemporary designs are inspired by traditional textiles. Their materials and processes are all sustainable, natural and clean. But besides being careful for the materials employed, NAÏVE! UNIQUE also supports endangered textile arts and techniques, handmade in remote areas of Mexico. They collaborate with several indigenous communities to help keeping their prodigious crafts. Nereida [...]

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Flora Fibres Yarn: Amazingly vegan!

Flora Fibres Yarn shop specialises in vegan hand spun yarns, which are created from natural plant fibres and are all 100% animal free. All of their products are suitable for vegans, those with allergies to wool, and highly recommended to anyone looking to try something a little different in their crafting! Flora Fibres yarns are spun by hand by the sea in Fife, Scotland, and then dyed using natural dyes obtained from plants. As much as possible the dye plants [...]

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Elin de Jong: The Rooftop Dye Garden

Elin has started her own research. Passionate about natural dyes and conscious and worried about current environmental issues – many of them related to the textile or fashion industry, she decided to start her own dye garden in Amsterdam. Elin wanted to know where all the beautiful colours come from, but also wanted to check how good it is for the environment to bring exotic plant powders to produce something pretty. Acting as a laboratory for experimentation and research, the rooftop [...]

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TJ Design Clothing: Pure Hand Dyed Clothing

Trisha and Jill love and enjoy creating hand-made garments for women. Their offer ranging from scarves, tops, coats and bloused are handmade and hand dyed utilising natural colours. Every piece is unique! We highly recommend having a look at their materials, because they are include beautiful stuff as eucalyptus leaves. Trisha makes no effort to control the plants, water, and many other variables that create an adventure with every bundle that she opens. Plants change with the seasons as does [...]

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Theresa Brown: “Eco printing it’s not a word you will find in the dictionary”

Theresa gives life to the ancient art of silk painting when she puts her brush to the silk or when she decides to explore the many methods of adding colour and design to natural fibers. She has her own definition of eco printing, and hers implies bringing mother nature’s actual colours and designs to her palette through an eco-conscious process. Theresa is based in North Carolina, and from her studio and mini-farm, she regularly creates her beautiful art while also [...]

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