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An experiment with natural dyes.


To celebrate World Environment Day, I'd like to share with you an exciting new collection I've been working on for the past few months.

Inspired by a recent trip to Scotland, I have been developing a process that uses 100% natural dyes. This cleaner and more environmentally friendly approach came about after I took part in a natural dye course with textile artist Zoe Burt at Morley College.

Me in the Scottish Highlands.



The Quiraing in the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

Sketches of the Scottish scenery.

Pastel sketch of a mountain and loch.

 

Dip dye planning.

 

Using extracts of weld, logwood, cochineal, chlorophyllin and lemon juice, I hand-dyed silk to create a collection of bags inspired by the majestic landscapes of the Scottish highlands. 

 

                                       

 Dip-dyed silk hanging to dry.



This has been a time consuming and challenging undertaking, but I believe that the makers and brands of today have a responsibility to find ways of making products that are as sustainable as possible, without compromising on style and function.

In the studio selecting the most effective dip dye experiments.

 

The Munro collection will launch in late June. For updates on the launch and other upcoming collections and events, sign up to my newsletter here. or keep an eye on my social media.

 

 *EDIT*

I have recently been featured in Crafty Fox's 'Sustainability in Making' blog series. To read the full article, please click here.

 

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