Tag - sustainable practice

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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The Whichford Pottery: Pottery on a big and sustainable scale

Located in a beautiful and picturesque countryside area, Jim and Dominique Keeling established Whichford Pottery in 1976 with two apprentices. Decades have passed and they now lead a team of 30 local people, including his eldest son Adam, designing and making a wide range of English flowerpots using traditional hand-thrown and hand-pressed methods for discerning gardeners worldwide. Passionate about keeping their skills alive, this family business keeps using ethically sourced material while supporting local businesses wherever possible. They produce all [...]

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Erica Vaccari: An entrepreneur within the world of plants

Erica Vaccari is the creator of Travel Floral, a boutique travel agency specializing in the creation of trips for small groups interested in discovering gardens  and natural areas of great beauty. The trips mainly take place in England, though every year Erica proposes a new European destination. Her interest in the combination of tourism and gardens is complemented by another passion: flowers. Besides running Travel Floral, Erica also initiated Women of Flowers, which offers workshops on sustainable floral arrangements. These [...]

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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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The Wild Dyery: Eco-conscious and mystical natural dyes

Prior to the Industrial Revolution all clothes were coloured using only plant dyes; but in the last 150 years all this dye-craft heritage has been lost in favour of synthetic and polluting textile production methods. Worried about this situation and committed to a renaissance of pre-industrial processes is how The Wild Dyery was born, an enterprise specialising in natural colour and dye fabric using only sustainable, environmentally friendly plant dyes. According to Justine Aldersey-Williams, the initiator of The Wild Dyery, [...]

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Teresa Mascia: The Beauty of Linen

“Seeing a field in bloom and its delicate colour would make you fall in love with linen”.     Knowing Teresa is knowing the kind of artisan inspired by beloved past memories, folk and traditions. Teresa was born in 1945 in Cagliari (Sardinia), more specifically in San Basilio where she currently owns a small plot of land. Linen has been a relevant economic source for the area, as well as a precious occupation for the women of the commune, who regularly produce trousseaux, [...]

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