The Ethics of the Business
Anne says "I’m careful when selecting materials. I take joy in deciding on ethical fabrics either Organic, dead-stock or second hand/vintage.”
Organic cotton is ethical because it not only means that the fibre and fabric is sustainable in all its production processes (From growth to weaving the fabric), it also means that the people working in the factories who make the fabric are given a fair wage and have fair/safe working conditions.
Anne says “ I like to think I am giving them a wage when I buy this fabric.”
Dead-stock Is fabric waste after a garment/interior product factory has no more need of it. Dead-stock can be bought by other suppliers who sell it by the meter.
Eco Inks and Pigments: I use only resources that I can stretch. I create inks I can use again and again. These are procions and I can make several dye baths from a few grams of powder and save inks for mixing later.
I then use a seaweed binder which is natural and combine with dyes for flat prints.
Lastly an eco pigment is combined with waste binders sourced from my old university: ECA, the Textiles dept. I can then tip the opaque or transparent binder to my palette.
Anne says "I like the way second hand or vintage is down to chance. When I buy from these places I select only high quality cotton, linen and wool. I then wash it and iron it ready for use. You can see in my log book video how I collect materials and keep a record of what I buy and how much.”
“Art is a universal language and through it each nation makes its own unique contribution to the culture of mankind.” Dwight D. Eisenhower
At Nurture Nature the goal is to be artful. There is a timelessness in art and design therefore I believe the designs will be appreciated for much longer and never thrown away.
Painting is where I am most happy, either on paper, a canvas or on fabric. They are all the same to me just using different techniques for each. With fabric it’s hard to use inks to paint onto fabric so I use binders, similar to acrylic in thickness. I use a printing technique called mono printing to add painting textures to my fabric, this technique is explained more in printing.
I use a mono printing technique to create texture and painterly marks on my fabric. This can be controlled by blocking off areas or piecing that piece of fabric onto another coloured piece of fabric later.
Roll out ink and seaweed binder and fixative onto a large flat piece of rubber.
Place this on the fabric.
Remove, dry and steam with iron.
Wash all the scratchy texture off and TADA!
Block Printing I also use this same binder or waste binders to create my repeat blocks which can cover a lot of fabric. These blocks are made from Lino at present but I want to learn how to make traditional wooden blocks too.
This is something I learnt from my mom and do with my mom on projects. I use a series of stitches to cover areas decoratively or to hold the layers of my quilt together. I believe it imbues my products with beauty so they will be treasured and loved for longer.
Seed stitches: Little random dash marks, used to hold together quilts or create beautiful details for art on fabric.
Kantha: A traditional Indian technique, using a running stitch this is slightly offset at every new row and creates beautiful rippling through the fabric.
Blanket stitch: Used to finish the edge of the quilt in a folky way.