Who said that beautiful art can’t be eco-friendly? Cassandra Tondro explores ways to bring fascinating art using the most eco-friendly materials available. Her abstract paintings are created by using leftover house paint that she rescues from recycling centres before it goes to waste. What about her amazing and colourful leaf prints? These are made by… Read More Cassandra Tondro: Living in the beauty of WOW!
I just can’t get enough of this beautifully shot video by Charlotte Marembert. It perfectly captures her work of using natural dyes in her workshop in Brussels. Charlotte’s company, Myrobolan produces natural knitting yarns; wool, merino, mohair and linen, favouring the natural to the chemical. All of her products are dyed naturally using plants that grow in gardens in Auvergne… Read More “Favouring the natural” – Charlotte Marembert
Wine is the source of Nathalie Leturcq´s burgeoning enterprise, Jóias Janaina. For the last two years, Leturcq, a textile designer from Belgium, has been working closely with the Monje wine estate in El Sauzal, Tenerife, to investigate the properties of the tints that can be extracted from the grapes and vines during the winemaking process.… Read More “Dyeing in the Vineyard”
I never learnt to sew as a child because I wore glasses and my mother thought that school was quite enough “close work” for me! Besides, I probably preferred mud pies, climbing trees and later reading in my spare time, if the truth were known…. Half a century later when my elderly mother passed away,… Read More Ever ruined your favourite woollen jumper in the washing machine? A new passion may be hiding behind this accident!
This is a wonderful video showing the felting process … Lanas y Fieltros Esfema shows you how she prepares felt and then she dyes it with leaves to create wonderful unique pieces of clothing!
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… Read More Natural dyes: experimenting with cochineal and vine leaves
Unfortunately my research into dye plants has come to an end. I would like to finish off this blog for No Serial Number by talking about my original inspiration into why I decided to look into dye plants for my Master’s Thesis. On a trip to the Eden Project in Cornwall UK, I was fortunate… Read More Potentials of Therapeutic Dye Plants by Naina Bajaria
Guest Article by Naina Bajaria The applicability of using natural dyes on a mass scale is a somewhat debateable topic amongst the natural dye community. Although I had not initially set out to answer this question within my research, it seems that it is corollary to investigating their resurgence within eco-fashion sectors. And I am… Read More The Marriage of Modern Science with the Ancient Past in Creating a Future for Natural Dyes
Guest Article by Mona Lewis As an artist and an educator, I have been very fortunate to find a place that supports both my passions. For many years I have been a teacher at Highland Hall Waldorf School, where reverence for the child, and for all of nature, is built into every aspect of the… Read More The Local Rainbow: Natural Dyes Cultivated in Medieval Dye Gardens
We are spending the afternoon in Rimini, in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, making the most of the fact that this is one of those cities where everything is within walking distance. Faithful to our editorial philosophy, which propels us to constantly seek out new sustainable enterprises, we happily leave behind the bright windows displaying their wares… Read More DIY Clothes and a New Way of Looking at Craft