Tag - nature

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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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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Natural dyes: experimenting with cochineal and vine leaves

My name is Nathalie Leturcq and I was born in Belgium in 1965 and living in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain since 1995. I came here first time on holidays, 30 years ago and could not believe that those smalls seven islands were paradise on earth! Since my life as mother gave me some free time, I used it to learn the traditional crafts of Canarian culture: Calado (local embroidery), weaving on traditional looms, etc. I also work on my own projects, mainly [...]

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Artists, Nature & the Wonder Begins … (Part Two)

In this part we continue to discover the beauty of eco printing and natural dyes on more textiles but also on felt and on paper To start from the beginning of our journey read Artists, Textiles and Nature the Wonder Begins … (Part One) 1 – Nicola Brown – Clasheen Natural and timeless, I print interior accessories and art to wear using leaves and hedgerow vegetation from the surrounding Irish countryside. Most of the vegetation is from my own fields and garden and where possible luxurious fabrics are sourced [...]

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Artists, Textiles & Nature the Wonder Begins … (Part One)

I thought it would be a good idea to put together a few eco print works to really showcase the variety of techniques that fall under this type of textile art. This variety occurs for different reasons. Each individual artist, for example, is always experimenting and constantly creates new recipes. Eco print artists use different combinations of natural materials to print on a variety of different textiles, for example, cotton, hemp, wool and silk. Many artists also combine eco printing with [...]

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Adventures in Scotland with India Flint by Justine Aldersey-Williams, The Wild Dyery

India Flint is a world renowned textile artist from Australia, famous for her (re)discovery of the eucalyptus leaf eco-printing technique. She travels the world exhibiting and teaching about sustainable fabric dyeing options which venerate rather than exploit our Earth. The image above illustrates so many things that I love about her work. She kindly allowed me to photograph the amazing apron she was wearing during a workshop I attended at Big Cat Textiles in Newburgh, Scotland last August. Apart from the [...]

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