About me

I am passionate about creating textile designs and products which are unique and reflect my love for natural beauty in our world.  I use earth friendly plant dyes and other design and print methods which tread lightly on our planet. 

My ethos is to create luxe casual and timeless pieces in a sustainable way.  

Background

After an earlier career in banking, I studied Digital Media for a short time, then went on to study Textile Design for 2 years, graduating with credit and distinction for those 2 years.

During my studies,  I came across Australia's very own India Flint and her work. I instantly fell in love with her approach to dyeing. Her love of nature and her methods left a great impression on me. I am grateful to India for opening my eyes to the wonderment of natural dyes and for instilling in me the importance of dyeing with minimal footprint on our planet.

I was fortunate to also attend a workshop by Mali dyer Aboubakar Fofana in Sydney 2015. This is where I learnt how to dye with an organic indigo-fructose vat. 

After completing further workshops with other dyers including UK based Jane Callender, I further developed my knowledge and techniques. 

It was from this point I decided to only dye with natural dyes. 

 

I have been dyeing with natural indigo since 2015. My indigo textiles are dyed in an organic indigo vat with fructose which is made by hand. This method is slow, requires attention to detail for high quality results and it is a process that I love. The completely natural fructose process is not commonly used in Australia, nor is it sold in large numbers, due to the level of commitment it requires. 

My textiles are in limited numbers due to the nature of my processes (either dyed, hand drawn, hand screen printed or hand sewn) and the small scale operation that I have chosen to operate. 

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I also offer freelance services subject to my workload. Please send me an enquiry if you have any queries and I will be happy to discuss your requirements.

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