Alison Faith Kay’s artworks are a celebration of life. And as life does, her paints include everything: from pain and sadness to joy, peace and freedom. Her work is also intuitive, Alison doesn’t know what she is going to create when she starts. She instead stands in front of the blankness and picks the shapes and… Read More Alison Faith Kay: Intuitive, honest and eco-friendly art
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!
with Babs Behan, Shoreditch London – Sunday 05/03/17 12-3pm Babs Behan will be providing an organic cold pressed juice, from The East London Juice Co., to each participant, and taking the juice pulp from the drinks to use in a bundle dye process, along with a selection of fresh flowers from Columbia Road Flower Market. The participants will… Read More Bundle Dyeing Using Botanical Dyes from Juice Waste
Fact from 153 respondents How did you first come across eco printing and how did you learn to eco print? What mordants do you use? Do you use plastics when eco printing? If not, what alternatives to plastics do you use? These are only some of the questions that 153 eco printers responded to as… Read More The #EcoPrintSurvey: What, When, How, Why.
Words from the only weaver from Vico del Gargano, Italy. Once upon a time looms were constantly working at Vico del Gargano. And women had a fundamental role in the development of handicrafts, particularly woven fabrics for everyday use and special occasions, for furnishing, and for the house in general. Looms where then an essential… Read More Maria Voto: The Importance of Keeping Traditional Handicrafts Alive
The account of a day of experimentation. There are a number of reasons why Michela decides to pay me a visit in the Abruzzo: a yearning for the mountains (Campo Imperatore, a mountain grassland, is a stone’s throw away), a desire to get away from her workshop in Rimini for a few days before she… Read More Experimenting with natural dyes: an old pan, water, lots of onions and an expert teacher
I remember the tragicomic moment when a woollen hood ended up in the tumble dryer . Why use a tumble dryer, I hear you ask? And with good reason. But let me tell you that in a house (make that a small house) in the London suburbs, getting something dry is a futile project! And so… Read More A superhero’s jumper!
Today is the perfect day to share a project that is easy and requires persistence, perfect for those who love uncomplicated knitting – the northerly wind brings thick clothing to mind! The real difference with this piece of work is the collection of samples of vegetable-dyed wool that I have on hand. I have one… Read More For the cold days: a ‘sampler’ knitted dress
“Maple is my favourite leaf” Michela Pasini’s is one of those cases in which the brand and the artist’s personality can’t be separated. They share the same values. So when speaking about Michela or Rosso di Robbia, we are talking about the same: passion for sustainable designs. Rosso di Robbia is Michela’s natural dyeing workshop… Read More Rosso di Robbia: A Career out of Natural Dyes
“Behind each and every item there is a story” Everytime someone buys an item from Ffelt Abertawe, he/she receives not just a unique and handmade design, but most importantly the guarantee that small farmers are paid fair prices, that animals are not suffering and that ancient native sheep breeds of Britain are being cared for.… Read More Ffelt Abertawe: Knowing the sheep, the farmer, and feeling fulfilment