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the gift of slow making

Untold Imprint Naturally Dyed Fading Light Mini Garland
Untold Imprint Natural Dyed Fading Light Mobile
Untold Imprint naturally dyed cotton
Untold Imprint Naturally Dyed Forest Mobile
Untold Imprint Naturally Dyed Forest Garland

Loop London in London, England is carrying a small, limited-edition collection of my naturally dyed garlands and mobiles. I'm so honored to have my work at Loop. Not only am I an admirer of Susan and her beautiful shop, but this project was truly a gift to work on. The process of making these stretched out over a few weeks. I watched the color stories develop little by little, making adjustments, adding new colors I hadn't planned on, and ultimately giving my creative intentions the space to breathe and expand. This kind of process always results in work I'm most happy with but I don't always have the luxury of working this way. It came at such a perfect time too – during these cold, dark winter months when I can often feel a bit stuck. I have so much love for small, women-owned businesses supporting one another and encouraging our creativity to shine brightly. 

If you're in London, you can shop my garlands in person at Loop, or find them in their online shop as well. 

There are just a few of the garlands from this batch in my own shop here : Natural Garlands

wonder

Inspired by my love of vintage fairs and exotic markets ~ these new garlands are all naturally dyed with things like crushed Marigold flowers and powder made from the heart of the Logwood tree. Simple curved shapes with raw edges in earthy colors, and a brass bead at the bottom of each hand torn flag. They speak to my nostalgic sensibilities & transport me to another place. I think we could all do with a bit more wonder in the everyday. 

block print inspiration & process

branches
watercolor painting of branches for block print
carving blocks for printing
detail of block carving in process
block printed fabric, naturally dyed with marigold & pomegranate 
block printed, naturally dyed headbands 

It's so rare that I document my process. Most projects end with me thinking - too bad I didn't keep those branches, or photograph my block carving in progress. Well, I'm finally learning from past regrets. Here's a little glimpse into designing my block print patterns ~ from nature's inspiration to finished product (in this case - naturally dyed organic jersey headbands for my Spring markets). 

beginning of summer natural dyeing

organic cotton gauze & hemp/cotton jersey scarves naturally dyed with avocado & black walnut.

organic cotton gauze & hemp/cotton jersey scarves naturally dyed with avocado & black walnut.

hemp/organic cotton jersey circle scarf dyed with avocado seeds and skins, printed with metallic gold ink.

hemp/organic cotton jersey circle scarf dyed with avocado seeds and skins, printed with metallic gold ink.

hemp/organic cotton jersey circle scarf dyed with black walnut hulls & printed with metallic gold.

hemp/organic cotton jersey circle scarf dyed with black walnut hulls & printed with metallic gold.

Dyeing & eco printing with Godetia flowers.

Dyeing & eco printing with Godetia flowers.

the results of hemp fabric & cotton taping dyed with Godetia flowers.

the results of hemp fabric & cotton taping dyed with Godetia flowers.

my favorite Thai monk necklace restrung on the cotton taping shown above.

my favorite Thai monk necklace restrung on the cotton taping shown above.

A few of June's natural dyeing projects and experiments. The Godetia flowers were a gift on my birthday. They lasted much longer than I ever thought they would. I kept trimming their stems and adding fresh water and they seemed to get a new life each time. When it was finally time to let them go, I decided to try bundling them with some cotton taping and hemp. The results were so lovely. I restrung my favorite necklace that I originally made many years ago using the beautiful antique monk pendant that my mother brought me from Thailand. It seemed fitting to use the cotton taping which was dyed from the flowers she gave me.

The naturally dyed scarves are available in my shop. The dusty, peachy, pink scarves were dyed with avocado seeds and skins. The taupe grey scarves were dyed with powder ground from the hulls of black walnuts. They're printed with two of my new patterns in an antique metallic gold. 

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