Tomorrow is #internationalwomensday & the theme is balance. I find it incredibly challenging to have “balance” in my life as I run my business single handedly & navigate being a single parent to three incredible, strong young women. Maybe some day I’ll figure it out but not today & probably not tomorrow! 😉 If any of you lovely people have it figured out please let me know x Photo of one of my gorgeous daughters being my bag model holding our Irish linen bags dyed with Cutch (L), Indigo (M) & Weld (R) x
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Natural color study: How many shades of yellow can goldenrod flowers make on various fibers and how many more months until these glorious wildflowers are bursting from every corner of every field in my tiny town?
Spring is officially in the air, finally, and the Supermoon and Equinox are just days away. I’m celebrating with plant-based dye color and garden diagrams and simply sitting outside with the sunshine on my face every chance I get. How about you?
This beloved dye journal shows the samples from one of my workshops last summer in the Hudson Valley. And in my March newsletter on Friday, I announced FOUR upcoming workshops between April and August 2019. So excited about these new special venues. I’m only offering four workshops this spring and summer so be sure to head over to the link in my profile for details.
I’ll announce classes here as they open for registration but let’s just say... April I’ll be in Asheville, June in Brooklyn, August in my barn, and August in Cape Cod too. I’ll be teaching mending, stitching, and natural dyes. I just actually felt butterflies in my belly at the very thought of working with local wildflowers because, folks, it’s been a long few weeks of late winter over here.
Details for the workshops are through the link in my profile. I’ll announce it here when registrations open but newsletter attendees always get the news first. Hint: There’s a big one opening on April 5 so go check out the details.
As for the dyes in this photo (clockwise from top left): Foraged goldenrod flowers on silk, wool, cotton, and linen with alum as mordant. Just the flowers used for dyes. Though that silk looks like wearable sunshine, if you ask me. #naturaldyes#makethriftmend
We still have a few spots left in our Sewing + Natural Dyeing Workshop this April 6th and 13th! I’m so excited to collaborate with my talented friend @laurabrownart in her gorgeous studio @casketarts.
This is a great opportunity to dive into natural dyeing and sewing, and you will leave the workshop with your own naturally dyed and hand stitched decorative pillow. I hope you join us! Link for more information is in my profile☝️
Stitching some of my plant dyed fabric scraps as meditation / practice in composition / a way to keep my hands free from my phone 🧞♀️ #handstitching#naturaldyes The fabrics are silk and cotton and are dyed with avocado seeds, black beans, apple tree bark and marigolds 🌈
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Détail de ma « Couverte de famille », 2018.
Tissage double étoffe, lin, chanvre et coton.
Teintures naturelles d’eucalyptus, noyaux d’avocats, mûres et pastel des teinturiers 🌿
Trésors provenant de la grève de Neuville et de plages normandes.
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Insects for natural pigment 🌵 La grana cochinilla is a parasitic insect of the nopal cactus. Indigenous cultures have cultivated it for many centuries to create natural red dyes for textiles, ceramics, costumes for ceremonies and even food. When the Spanish invaded Mexico, they quickly realised its exceptional properties as a natural pigment and it didn’t take long for the European textile industry to become dependent on it. The Spanish exported cochinilla and controlled its prices for more than two centuries... until artificial colouring was invented. Luckily these traditional methods were not lost.
Wool fibres dyed naturally using plants & insects 😯🌿〰️✨
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New Collection- Indigo Summer
Featured- An easy summer fit & flare dress with pockets, made with natural indigo dye! Detailed with contrast patch on hem, sleeves & neck.
Wear with sneakers for a contemporary, easy summer look
Inspiration...this place has been the inspiration behind at least three of my designs/dye colours (blackberry picking, autumn leaves and holloway wrap) It’s magical, hardly ever visited, goes from nowhere to nowhere but is my piece of peace. Xx #thelaceknittery#naturaldyes#inspiration#ruralengland
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On our first visit @modamuseum we were mesmerised to see this magical book unfold. This dye book from 1894 contains over 200 plant colour samples put together by Arthur Gunnell and co-authored by G.F. Perkin, father of scientist William Henry Perkins, who accidentally synthesised the colour purple from coal tar and began the growth of synthetic dyes. Our residency aims to celebrate the heritage of natural dyeing and printing through a contemporary lens. #ceres_moda_artresidency#naturaldyes#dyebook
Botanical dye experiment with faded amaryllis blossoms on linen producing a pale pink. When dipped in an iron solution, it changed to a mushroom shade. Adding to my color library. Time to decide on a project!
Ya está listo! Desde que comencé a hacer muñecos tenía claro que lo primero sería un elefante. Y me siguen encantando 🤩 #amigurumi#naturaldyes
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Rainy Sundays are meant for catching up on the #handpiecedqal . Working on our last block/Emmeline and redoing my Bess and Dorothy blocks. So sad that we are all out of blocks, but I am looking forward to the finished product...my first quilt!
The last year has brought a lot of changes for Seek and for me personally...and for a lot of other people I know, too! (Right?!!) One major change is Seek Collective will be moving away from wholesale and more focused on direct to consumer. This allows us to have more of a relationship with our customers and a better ability to share our stories and supply chain transparency with you all. It also allows us to bring our prices down but keep the same quality. And it allows us to adhere to our own calendar...which means we will be launching smaller capsules more often (this feels exciting!)! Our first spring capsule drops next week 🎉 This is the mood board that inspired the new handloomed goods arriving verrrry soon ✨ Meanwhile, head on over to Seek Stories on our website for the recent blog post that speaks more to the shifts happening and get a peek at the rest of the mood boards for the SS19 season 🔮 x, Carol //
A sleepy Sunday morning in #sevilleohio@thestudiosupstairs. I can’t wait for the #sevillesweetshoppe to reopen after being closed for a few years. My ‘less sugar’ kind of life will definitely need some willpower to keep going. I have been organizing and making eco prints for a full schedule of shows and art fairs. I will post a calendar soon.
Check out these moments captured by Wildcraft intern @demarinisprinting during this past weeks ‘Screenprinting with Natural Dyes’ class with @adidas, and taught by our in-house team member @laurengodingart! Students got the chance to create prints using madder root, indigo, marigold, and cochineal. This was a class many folks asked about running again last season. Keep a look out for it in our Fall 2019 catalog! 😸🙌🏽🌼🌿✨
“In 1882 the British Museum acquired an object it would take 11 decades to understand. The artefact is a tiny clay tablet, around 7 cm square and 2 cm thick, covered in minute text written in Babylon some time between 600 and 500 BC. In the early 1990s, when academics finally cracked the translation, they discovered that what had been inscribed in the still-damp clay thousands of years before was a set of instructions for dyeing wool dark blue. Although it isn’t mentioned, the description of the process –with all its repeated dipping –indicates that the dye was indigo.”
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This is the result of my quick peach recipe I posted some days ago!
I usually don’t mix dyestuffs in the same pot, but the ph of the cempasuchil makes an interesting result with the cochineal in the same bath! 🧡✨