colors · eco-dyed clothing · seasons · Uncategorized

Dyeing from the Heat—Solar Dyeing on the Solstice

When it’s a week of scorching hot weather and it’s the longest, sunniest day of the year, what else to do but start a solar dyepot? First, add filtered water to a glass jar along with one ounce of silk and one ounce of dried coreopsis flowers from last year’s garden. Then, leave it in… Continue reading Dyeing from the Heat—Solar Dyeing on the Solstice

colors · eco-dyed clothing · musings

Is Bigger Better? The Ancient Art of Decisions

Usually, when we think of our contemporary culture, we believe ourselves to be the pinnacle of humanity—in particular when it comes to our material goods. We assume to have the most advanced technologies when it comes to production of our things. But what if that wasn’t actually true? Since I’m into textiles, I like to… Continue reading Is Bigger Better? The Ancient Art of Decisions

colors · dye profile · eco-dyed clothing · musings · Uncategorized

Getting The Blues Part II—The Studio Odyssey

Last week, in my initial discussion about the color blue, I mentioned that one of the first inspirations for my fascination may have come from my childhood neighbor, who was a fiber artist. Nancy lived at the end of our lane, and I would walk my 9-year-old self down there with an armload of homegrown… Continue reading Getting The Blues Part II—The Studio Odyssey

garden · nature · Uncategorized

Awaken Your Space: How to Begin your Backyard Garden

  It’s warming up and I’m out in the garden mostly weeding and attempting to tame the jungle out there. While I drew a dye garden design earlier in the year, part of the fun for me is allowing it to evolve, once I’m out there in the sun, yanking out an enormous crop of… Continue reading Awaken Your Space: How to Begin your Backyard Garden

eco-dyed clothing · interview · regional fiber

Dye Story: An Interview with Designer Heidi Iverson

I caught up with designer Heidi Iverson at Taylor Maid coffee in Sebastopol, a place we occasionally meet to talk shop in the areas of natural dyes, mushrooms, local fiber, fashion and whatever else is going on. Heidi works on a number of ventures, including H-Luv Fabrications—which include angora booties, dolls, and plush toys; and HIJK,… Continue reading Dye Story: An Interview with Designer Heidi Iverson

eco-dyed clothing · musings · regional fiber

Fiber to Frock: The Fashion Revolution & Community Supported Cloth

What better time to talk about local textiles and Community Supported Cloth than Fashion Revolution Week? If you are wondering what Fashion Revolution Week is, it’s a designated opportunity to ask, “Who made my clothes?” and find out about where our textiles come from and how they are made. But be warned, it’s not pretty.… Continue reading Fiber to Frock: The Fashion Revolution & Community Supported Cloth