I guess I was too busy to remember to post in here about the Christmas market I was participating at last weekend. So now I can only share with you a few pictures and invite to visit me at Ideas Block – creative space & cafe in Vilnius, in case you would like to get some handmade goods as your Christmas presents. See you here!
Spring is the best time for new beginnings, therefore, it’s also a perfect time to get yourself something special, perhaps a unique handmade item. All the way till June everything at Liucija Textiles Etsy shop is on sale, so hurry up and get your favourite scarf, notebook or a pillow cover.
Order my handmade goods through Etsy and get a 50% discount. All you need to do is enter a coupon code SPRINGSALE at the checkout. Offer is valid when you buy products worth 20 € or more.
‘Origin’ is the name for my latest collection of textile products. It not only represents my deep interest in nature and its composition, patterns, colours and inseparable connection with man-made structures, but also explores the ideas of sustainability in textiles.
The collection features linen fabrics and woollen threads dyed with plant-based dyes. The colours and patterns created in the dyeing process are merged with embroidery. The hand stitched patterns are based on the structures found in nature, either looking from far or getting into detail through the microscopic images. See my Pinterest board for the inspiration behind the drawings.
Follow the development and find out more details on the type of products you might find in the collection on Instagram.
In the images bellow you can see the process of the project so far:
About the process and the sustainability side
The fabrics and threads I am using for this collection are dyed using chokeberries, ashberries, hawberries, leaves, onion peel and wood bark. For the fibres to bind with these natural substances alum is used.
What I like about using natural dyes is the ease of modifying the tones and how the colours stay flexible throughout their life cycle by reacting to the sun, rain or other conditions. I also enjoy exploring the nature looking for plants and seeing the different results they create on fabrics. The overall process is very appealing, however it comes with its challenges and side effects.
Even though I previously worked with natural dyes, I still find it quite difficult to get hold on brighter tones. Also this process requires a lot of time and large amounts of plant dyestuff to produce colours. And one more thing, in order for the colour to actually bind with the fibre it needs some sort of chemical mordant (such as alum). So when you put all of these things together, dyeing with natural dyes doesn’t seem as sustainable as it might seem from the beginning, especially if applied on an industrial scale.
So if this isn’t the best way to colour the fabrics we use for clothing or decorating our homes, what is it? I am following the latest trends in the search for more sustainable ways and so far the most promising seems to be bacteria-based dyes. Hopefully soon this is going to revolutionise the whole textiles industry.
It has been a long while since I closed my shop for holidays and posted any updates. We left Mexico in June and been travelling in Europe since. During that time we visited many inspiring places, filled ourselves with new experiences and ideas.
Now we stopped in Lithuania, my home country, where I have not been for a long while. Here we decided to explore our options for having a creative business. Therefore, we are at the stage of getting to know this new, but familiar, place.
I thought this is the right time to re-open my Etsy shop, where I still have a few scarves, tablet cases and notebooks left. Grab what you can, cause things might change soon! Meanwhile I will be working on new looks and collections.