Unique and sustainable plant dyed organic cotton homewares and accessories.
I discovered botanical dyeing by accident when searching for sustainable clothes and homewares. I quickly became hooked and started experimenting in every spare moment I had. Tie dyeing, scrunching and distressing the cotton to give a rustic, worn in appearance became my favourite techniques.
The chemical-free dyeing process I use is labour intensive as each step takes time and patience - roughly 4 weeks altogether. I believe this is a quiet protest to the ‘fast, thoughtless and disposable’ way of producing items in modern society. Plant dyeing fabric is a sustainable way of producing unique colours and is kinder to the planet.
I only use plant dyes that are colourfast and historically have been proven to last. These would include dyes such as madder, indigo, logwood, pomegranate, myrobalan, black tea, avocado stones and skins. I would not use dyes from berries as unfortunately these tend to be ‘fugitive’ dyes and will quickly fade.
I support a women’s cooperative in Kerela, India, by buying organic cotton from them. Empowering women and girls by allowing them to be financially independent is a cause that I strongly believe in.
I live in Abersychan, South Wales, which is not far from Big Pit, a World Heritage Site. The landscape is rugged and reflects its industrial past. This has also inspired the distressed, rustic look I favour when dyeing items.
I have a rescued Welsh Border Collie, called Honey who regularly steals food and enjoys being taken for walks in the Welsh mountains.