I'm a natural dye artist based in the UK, a writer, a mother to two young children and an all-round plant lover.
I dye with all kinds of plants and in 2016 I wrote a book called Botanical Colour at your Fingertips that shows you how you you, too, can very easily get started with dyeing fabric and yarn. The book started off as an eBook and after much demand, I self published it and it's available as a paperback on Amazon.
One of my favourite fruits to eat is avocado. Did you know that you can dye with the skins and seeds left over from the fruit? They produce a beautiful range of pink and peach shades.
I'm vegan and only work with plant based fibres like cotton, linen and bamboo. I like to use soya milk as a pretreatment on fabric to help the fibres absorb more dye, which is something that I've become known for. I choose this mordanting method (over more conventional metallic salt mordants such as alum) as I prefer using food grade ingredients made from plants. Despite being a slower process, soya milk ticks all of the boxes for me.
In 2017 I felt an inner calling to launch my own magazine which I named Plants Are Magic. As the strapline on the cover says, it's a magazine for "makers, dreamers & plant lovers". Each volume explores the intersection between different plant crafts and explores our motivations and feelings behind our creations. The pages are filled with stories, interviews and recipes from other makers, plant lovers and experts from around the globe. The contributors to the magazine are herbalists, artists, illustrators, florists, to name a few. The aim of the magazine is to encourages us to reflect over our own relationship with the plant world and discover things about plants and about ourselves along the way.
Ultimately I follow my instinct with whatever I do, and I'm so thankful that others have joined me on this journey of discovery. Each book or magazine sale supports me and enables me to continue on this journey.
Book: Botanical Colour at your Fingertips (2016).
Find the paperback on Amazon or download the eBook here.
Magazine: Plants Are Magic (2017-)
Volume 1: Well-being (2017)
Volume 2: Local plants (2017)
Volume 3: Time (to be released in 2018)
"Botanical Colour at your Fingertips is one of the best natural dyeing resources I've read so far - succinct and to the point but still a lovely journey from the start to end."