Tag - natural colours

Ethical Life Store: Earth friendly goods

Ethical Life Store is an independent women’s wear label based in Oxford, UK, established in 2009. The company is run solely by Rara Matthews whose affinity for earthy and minimalistic aesthetics are reflected in her label with each garment being worked and handmade personally by her. All products are designed and made in house as one of a kind pieces or in small batch runs. Ethical Life Store is committed to the use of raw, organic, reclaimed and handwoven materials [...]

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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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Diana Biscaioli: Finding our own child through textile art

She is an art therapist living and working in the province of Viterbo, Italy. A hand-crafter who knows and enjoys what her geography offers: forests, hills, rocks and her beloved animals, particularly goats. While studying, Diana came across felt and learned needle felting, and since then, she never separated from this technique, which is now what she teaches and her everyday work. She calls herself a textile artist, a creative spirit specialised in a technique that allows her to produce [...]

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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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Maurizio Michelozzi and Ivano Ziggiotti: Precious colours, medieval miniatures

Passion, dedication and commitment. These might be the three essential characteristics if you want to work in the field of Maurizio Michelozzi and Ivano Ziggiotti. Together they produce a wide range of natural colours, precious colours, which differ from the ones created through chemical synthesis. But their knowledge on medieval art and colours, and its history, requires an extra dosage of curiosity. Azzurrite Maurizio’s trainment as an art conservator of paper and parchment and his solid  experience in the study of [...]

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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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