Tag - natural dyes

Bryn Pratt-Boyden: Textile and Costume Designer

Bryn Pratt-Boyden is starting out as a freelance Fashion, textile and costume designer/maker living in London. His work is very experimental but sustainable and ethical at the same time. Using a vast array of fabrics, from vintage Japanese denim scraps, to fish skin leather, he sustainably produces his work on his narrowboat in London, making interesting yet wearable and durable clothing. ​His textiles are all eco friendly, such as patchwork from old scraps of fabric, knitting with sustainable and fair [...]

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BOTANICAL INKS Plant-to-Print Dyes, Techniques and Projects

Author: Babs Behan Photography: Kim Lightbody Each section opens with an evocative two-page photograph. Photos of nature, including close ups of leaves and flowers, images of collecting plants along country roads, detail of materials, containers, and the studio and work table, run through the book. Together with the expansive, articulate, and well-researched text, they create a narrative. This book was conceived of as a guide, but also a travel and experimentation companion for those who wish to try dyeing at home. And experimentation [...]

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The Eco Crafters and Entrepreneur’s Award – Summer 2018

The runners up for the ‘Eco Crafters and Entrepreneur’s Award’. Discover the winners of the ‘Eco Crafters and Entrepreneur’s Award’ in the Summer Issue 2018! We have dedicated to the winners three full pages where they talk about their craft, the materials they used and they also give great tips. And come and join the conversation in our Facebook group and get the chance to be shortlisted for our award and the chance to be feature in the magazine! Grażyna Ossowska   Jackie Tunnicliffe   Soo Town   Terracharm Alexander   Marie [...]

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The Selkie – Weaving & The Wild Feminine

Kate Stuart is an artist, craftswoman and writer based in the North East of England. Owner of The Phoenix Green Store, she is currently in the process of transforming it into Newcastle Upon Tyne’s first zero waste shop. Here, she writes about a recent exhibition by fellow craftswoman, Imogen Di Sapia, entitled The Selkie – Weaving & The Wild Feminine. Imogen Di Sapia is an accomplished craftswoman and storyteller who marries her skills in textile art, puppet making and weaving [...]

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Eve Studd: Natural Dyer, Eco Printer, Tutor, Horticulturalist, Textile Artist

I am a natural dyer and eco printer, growing almost all the plants I use in my wildlife friendly garden on the border between England and Scotland.  The colours of the local landscape are my inspiration – rock, sea and sky – I have a lot of those up here!  The local geology is very varied, influencing the soils and plants and some of the different characteristics can be easily seen on the coastline.  Ancient and traditional dyeplants grow [...]

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Sustain: Organic and Naturally Dyed Clothing

Sustain is one of the first companies in the United States to make organic, naturally dyed clothing. Sustain’s mission is to change the conversation from making “low impact” clothing, to making clothing that actually helps the environment. Plus, the Sustain clothing line focuses on health, as the clothing is made from organic fibers and natural dyes, which are full of antioxidants instead of harmful toxins. Sustain only uses fair trade materials and uses only 100% natural fabrics, sewing threads, [...]

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Piracaianas: The perfect shoes for an eco-friendly path

Already as a child, Maria was interested in fashion, mannequins and craftsmanship. When the time came to make a decision, she went to study Fine Art, Fashion and Design in Ssuso Paulo and it was  during this period of her life that she got immersed in the world of shoes. After several working experiences  and continuing education in shoes and fashion, Maria decided to dedicate her time to the development of eco-friendly footwear. “I researched into the history of footwear, [...]

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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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