Now it is the best time to start your Christmas shopping if you still haven’t. When shopping online it is a good idea to get your gifts before December to avoid long waiting times…
Good news – all the month of November get a free shipping at my Etsy shop! Valid for all the orders, small and large. Find scarves and other fashion accessories, notebooks, bookmarks and greeting cards, or make a custom order for something even more special.
‘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.
I know I was gone for a little while, but things right now are anything, but usual. Therefore, my schedules are non existent (just like before) and I am occupied with other things, about which I am going to tell you…
It already has been over a month since we left Tijuana. Right now we are temporarily based in Leon, where my husband’s family is from. At the moment I am not creating any new work (unless for some particular requests or sales), but instead focusing on my web looks, research and other interesting things.
As you might know I also have an inspiration blog, where I share creative information and interviews with artists, designers and makers, as well as interesting places and events. Lately I have been working on the new look for ideasblock website. Now it is ready for the public! I still have some ideas for its development, but everything needs some time. So for now, I would like to invite you to have a look at the new representation of the blog.
Feels so nice to start fresh! So here I am starting my new blog and leaving behind the previous one. The old blog will still be up for a little while, but time will come to say goodbye, sooner or later. And now let’s make changes and improvements!
Since this is my first post, I would like to tell you a little bit about what I do. My name is Liucija and I am a textile designer, explorer and traveler. Everywhere I go, I look for patterns, textures and colours, get inspired, and create. My work ranges from hand drawn art pieces to handmade textiles products, to experimental video projects, to business planing. And these are only a few things that I like to experiment with. So as you can see I do a bit of everything and I am passionate about it. I hope that all my ideas and creative activities can also be an inspiration for you, my readers.
For the end I would like to invite you to explore my website, visit my online shop and have a look at the other projects I am involved in. Find out more here.