An evening of natural dye with UTS students. Turmeric and it’s many beautiful shades.
#plantsaremagic #naturaldye #turmeric #slowtextiles #slowfashion
Untapped resource: coffee grounds. Turning waste into a resource for natural dyeing.
I’m thinking about the food waste in my local area in particular the university I tutor at and it’s local coffee shops. Coffee ground waste is immense, we only have to think about how much coffee the population consumes and then imagine this on a global scale.
The cafe upstairs from my workplace uses kilos and kilos of coffee each day. How can we divert this and use this resource? In one day we reclaimed a FIFTEEN litre bucket full of used grounds that would just go into landfill and won’t be composted. Instead we are trying to divert a small amount of this waste in a local trial to see haw we can use it as a natural fabric dye.
How could we upscale this on a larger scale? Utilise the dye qualities and then responsibly compost afterwards?
I am so pleased I made a super strong bath using the wonderful silver dollar. The result on the left is scoured organic cotton and the right is the same organic cotton but with a soy milk mordant (see previous posts) what a difference in colour so much stronger.
My studio has smelt divine all day and my research via @dr_holistic_health informed me of some lovely facts about eucalyptus.
• Eucalyptus trees are originally from Australia.
• Whenever there is moisture in the air or after a rain, the air smells like a spa where ever there are eucalyptus trees.
• Eucalyptus properties are anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, deodorant, antiseptic, antibacterial, and stimulating.
• Eucalyptus tea is good for congestion, stuffed up nose or sinuses.
• bathe in eucalyptus leaves and Epsom salt and the combo relieves body aches and pains.
• Eucalyptus essential oil can be rubbed on painful joints caused by arthritis.
• The oil Is insect repellent. soak the leaves with rosemary leaves in olive or coconut oil
• Eucalyptus essential oil is used to kill lice and fleas.
• Eucalyptus is strongly antiseptic and is a natural antibiotic that combats colds, flu, coughs, and lung infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia.
• Diffusing drops of eucalyptus oil or crunching up eucalyptus leaves in a pot of simmering (not boiling) water and then breathing in the steam is effective against lung diseases.
Great when hanging around Dye pots!
What a magical species. I am researching the health benefits of health giving herbs worn close to the skin I am sure the medicinal properties imbued in cloth could transfer to skin. Have any of you tried this? Have any of you felt different from wearing medicinal textiles close to skin to treat different conditions? I would love to hear your thoughts….
#plantsaremagic #naturaldyeasmedicine #naturaldye
Eucalyptus into the pot for today’s dye job. The smell in the dye kitchen is divine as this pot bubbles away. Thanks @bloomsforrooms florist for supplying me with armfuls of silver coins. Tess gave me all of her discarded and dead flowers from the back of her van to do additional dye experiments.
Beautiful indigo pigment cakes from India styled and photographed by the superb @megan_morton
The colour is so intense reminds me of rich velvet or an Anish Kapoor sculpture.
Some beautiful dye workshops are in the pipeline and will be listed online soon.
If you want your own high quality indigo cakes just to stare at or dye with they are available through my shop.
Indigo on linen. Each of these samples were pre washed and scoured. The darkest indigo sample required over ten dips. A beautiful deep indigo.
Beautiful Cutch. I used to find brown a little boring but now I find it beautiful. Cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Rich in tannin so no need for a mordant but if you do use a little bit of iron colours turns a rust conker brown and an almost black coloured magic can happen. It's naturally astringent and has been used in Ayurvedic medicine. Traditionally used to dye calico in india, tan hides and to preserve fishing nets and sails. A magic powder.
Do you use cutch? What browns do you get in your dye pot? I'd love to know...
Student natural dye journals. What beautiful bright reds can be achieved naturally. I am so looking forward to exploring and teaching natural dye to a whole new year group at university. If you would like to learn more too there will be some super special public workshops @theschoolinstagram coming soon too!
This beautiful red come from the tiny crushed insect cochineal.