eco dyed cloak
This product is an example of something Rita has made in the past. She is a botanical dyer with years of experience who shares her knowledge through social media and workshops. Rita lives in Austalia and her products are sold using the Australian Dollar on her site. We did a conversion at the time of the import, but numbers may be off, depending on the exchange rate. She will help you with any questions you may have.
[Preview the entire collection here!]
The fabrics for this cloak were naturally dyed using locally foraged plants, and is made from recycled fabric or clothing (mostly vintage). It has been entirely hand stitched, and features frayed edges and zero waste design.
Size – free
Measurements available by request.
Hand wash gently in cool water with organic detergent; do not soak.
The word ‘torn’ has many connotations – torn fabric, torn from family, torn apart emotionally, torn apart character, torn between choices. This collection represents all of the above, especially in relation to the convict women who came to Tasmania. Yet they were able to establish families, businesses and so much more, leaving a lasting legacy. I particularly wanted to acknowledge and honour Sophia Gunyon (nee Robinson) and Amelia Harris (nee Laing).
I am a Canadian-born eco artist living and working in the island state of Tasmania. I hold a Bachelor of Education (Art Major, distinction) and a diploma of Art Craft Design; I taught within the state education system, did management and community work, and then found my true calling after having a work-related breakdown in 2002. I opened my gallery/studio exactly 1 year later to the day and discovered eco printing and dyeing in 2008. I have always loved textiles and stitching and part of my mission is to raise awareness of them as a valid art form. My underlying philosophy is to create products and source materials as ethically as I can. I find and reinvent vintage and preloved clothing, fabrics and other materials with natural dyes, paints made from the earth and deconstruction techniques, allowing them to inspire my work. Materials for natural printing and colour are mostly foraged from our own property, where I can manage the trees and plants respectfully. My business is based in northeastern Tasmania, Australia; this is where I display and sell my work.
art is like breathing to me – life and thoughts impressed on paper, cloth, the air; fleeting sounds and images captured before they escape forever
(c) Rita Summers
Visit my website to see what is current in products and workshops. I do offer a few online workshops if you are not local to Tasmania. Gone Rustic Studio
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