I get these 1947 stamp books ($1 at Frenchy’s in Nova Scotia) out from time to time, like the other night. They’re the six the original owner chose from 38 available via the Book-of-the-Month Club. With twenty-four images in each booklet – nine hundred and twelve in total – three are by women. (Two Mary…… Continue reading Guided Visits Through All the History of Art
CBC overnight was on in the background. The words “difficult people make beautiful things” caught my ear. Monocle24 (prop Canadian Tyler Brule) was talking to Montreal native Willo Perron. His work is everywhere. Starting with fellow Montrealer Dov Charney’s American Apparel stores. He’s done many projects with Florence + the Machine. It’s not all flowers…… Continue reading difficult people make beautiful things
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe published Theory of Colours in 1810. He disagreed with Isaac Newton’s famous 1672 optical spectrum analysis, and was more interested in how colour is perceived. Enlightenment artists and scientists were very engaged with quantifying colour. In 1708, French painter Claude Boutet based the above wheels on Newton’s findings. In 1775, Austrian…… Continue reading Goethe’s mystic colour theory
Chainstitch embroidery on hemp, in Canary’s natural dyed organic cotton thread.
Canary naturally hand-dyed organic cotton thread in a variety of colours is now available here, and also on Etsy. It’s a sturdy weight that works well for machine or hand stitching. It does not contain any synthetic dye or fibres. Spooled on kraft cardboard tubes. No plastic packaging or shipping materials.
Searching for one yields catch words like ethical, sustainable, eco, responsible, non-toxic, vegan, fair trade, organic. Yet the details under the slogans include nylon, “cozy polyester faux fur” and much recycled PET plastic. For every headline about the global rag trade trying to green up, another chronicles its minuscule advances. Allergies to chemicals used throughout…… Continue reading why aren’t there all-natural winter coats?
The Cornely A5 chainstitch embroidery machine hasn’t had much use in the past six years. After learning how to work with natural dyes, I’ve finally accumulated a pretty good range of thread colours. The machine itself is made in France. The rest was put together in New York City. It might be from sometime in…… Continue reading cornely machine
I have always loved natural materials and old technologies like natural dyeing, hand tailoring and organic fabric production. Going zero-synthetic, however, was due to a sudden onset of severe chemical allergies. I have to make a batch of gloves every few months, along with many other things.
All natural dyed, up for sale in early 2020.
“The Bacton Altarcloth” was recently determined to likely be made from a dress that belonged to Queen Elizabeth I, c. 1600. It’s on display at Hampton Palace, with The Rainbow Portait of the Virgin Queen. Inscribed non sine sole iris (no rainbow without the sun) it’s questionable whether the eyes and ears on her saffron…… Continue reading 400 year old colour