These were the colours of the sky today at sunset. ☁️ A bit softer palette, as the day belonging to Valentine romantically calls it forth. 💕 These are the results of some dye tests I did with sweet gum leaf, avocado, red cabbage, coffee, red dirt and overdye on indigo, as well as exhausting the onion vat. 🌸 At first when I saw these colours I wasn't in love ~ in fact, they looked quite melancholy to me ~ and I sincerely struggled for a moment as the pastel hues stayed exactly that ~ they didn't try to change colours or burst forth with a bold surprise that I always look forward to in natural dyeing (with the exception of the sweet gum leaf - the tannins turned it that taupey-purple, very nice!) A completely different arrangement of hues for today as I'm practicing more and more with foraged goods and food scraps, I'm starting to narrow down the colours and palette I prefer to work with. 💛💙💜 it's also asking for self-reflection, as serendipitous as it would be for this day 💖 #vday #naturaldye #plantpower #slowfashion #plantdye #foraged #zerowaste
🍂🌰🌼MY NEW FAVOURITE EARTH PALETTE 😍🙏🏾 These are the results from my dye session with *onion skins* black walnut* red dirt* iron wash* on cotton and linen ~ my processes are below: .
Onion Skins: The golden yellow is the result of a tannin dye bath in an aluminum pot, which the fabric was pre-mordanted with alum first as I had tried to exhaust my marigold vat prior. The yellow wasn't quite rich enough and so the opportunity to dye it again in tannins produced an incredibly rich and clear colour! 🌟
Black Walnut: the warm grey was produced with these - they were foraged from just up the road (fallen from the tree) & I was so lucky to find them! The fabric was boiled in a vat and there was no mordant used. The vat is a very deep brown, inky colour and I will most likely exhaust this to paint onto fabric and produce lighter hues of this. I personally LOVE black walnut now that I've seen its results! .
Onion Skin + Black Walnut: its the warm brown tone you see! I LOVE this colour! It was a pleasant and gorgeous surprise and added a lot of balance and warmth to the palette. 💛🖤
Onion Skin + BW + Iron: the richer brownish grey was black walnut overdyed onto a yellow base (onion skin/marigold) and then seeped into an iron bath for just a few minutes! The colour is deeper and quite beautiful. Still working on this one as the iron is very strong..
Red Dirt: it's the light pinkish copper colour and it is from the island of Molokai, gifted to me from the incredible @pomahinadesigns 🙏🏾 (mahalo nui for your guidance and gifts!) The fabric was first soaked in sea salt and then soaked for a few days to pick up the pigment. .🌋🌊
🌿Have you dyed with these before? What were your results or what you'd like to share here? I feel natural dyeing is such a beautiful way to bridge into sustainability with ones clothing and wardrobe, and there's so much science|chemistry|alchemy to learn from nature! Food scraps + sustainably foraged goods are a great start 🌿
#naturaldye #plantdye #mineraldye #walnut #golden #iron #linen #cotton #slowfashion #sustainable #plantpower #mothernature #alchemy #earth #foraged #foodscraps #reddirt
In the depth of winter, there is an endless summer ☀️🌼💛✨I have been dreaming of this colour for well over a year now and am slowly falling in LOVE with it. That feeling of envisioning something for what seems like forever in your minds eye, and once it's finally made and expressed there is this cathartic release. That is how I see this golden hue 💛🌼☀️ A colour isn't just a colour, it has so much depth in its layers! It's an adventure, a learning, a healing, especially when working with PLANTS🌿✨ you feel me? I personally love seeing colours on a textile as a solid singular hue on its own, and working with marigold, onion skins, and turmeric has been an aromatherapy journey (think sweet mustard smell) as well as incredibly satisfying to my soul 😍🙏🏾💫 More of these Golden Traveler Tops coming soon ~ What do you think? 🌞🌻🌻🌻.
#slowfashion #marigold #yellow #golden #naturaldye #plantpower #sustainable #local
🌼I have been a bit quiet on here over the past month as the busy season passes and I settle into my new home. I've also been experimenting with more dye stuffs via foraging & being gifted some beautiful plants as well, such as this gorgeous Marigold yellow. 💛 I've decided to use Marigold as one of my new colour ways for my Traveler Tops, as the plant has incredible brilliance and I simply love this colour combination together with Indigo 😍🌿
The 2 tops on the left have sold however I do have the top on the right available, which was first dyed with oak tannin and yields a slightly more brilliant yellow 🌟🌼 (swipe left for detail, no filter!) This Traveller Top is called Sunshine and is O/S, you can find it on my website. I also have just 1 darker Indigo Traveler top left (called Sea), as I slowly am beginning to create a new collection with new styles and plant colours. ✨
Thank you to @retamercedes for your gift of marigolds grown from your garden 🙏🏾😘.
#slowfashion #marigold #plantdye #indigo #sustainablefashion #traveler #capsulecollection #victorialarnach #yellow #blue #gold #plantmagic #textilelove
HAVE FAITH ~ That feeling when you realize anything is possible✨😍✨🙏🏾The best moments are the ones we don't always plan for 🌊💘 back home in California for awhile, the golden state, golden state of mind 🌟🌟🌟 promise yourself that you won't ever rob yourself of the opportunity to grow in the dark moments of your life, to realize that the sun doesn't always shine but that there is a guarantee it always rises 🌅promise yourself that through change and transition, as vulnerable as you feel, that you're capable of creating a fresh perspective on life... it's all about perspective and getting real with yourself. ❤️💛👍🏾🦋thanks @adrianas_studio for the candid capture of my happiness in being 😘 #livelovelaugh
Is the soul solid, like iron? Or is it tender and breakable, like the wings of a moth in the beak of the owl? Who has it, and who doesn’t? I keep looking around me.. One question leads to another. Does it have a shape? Like the eye of a hummingbird? Why should I have it, and not another? Come to think of it, what about the maple trees? What about all the little stones, sitting alone in the moonlight? What about roses, and lemons, and their shining leaves? What about the grass? — • • • 🌿"The Lost Language Of Plants"🍃#slowliving
🌻Follow your heart, not your fears. Your heart will always tell you what is right in any given situation. 💛🔆 Welcoming in 2019 with this. Choosing to see the good. Adjusting the sails where needed. ⛵️ Slowing dowwwwnn. Letting go. 🌊 I just want to say thank you to every single person that has made this last year what it's been for me, at home and during my travels. 🙏🏾 I've visited 10 countries 🇯🇵 🇳🇿 🇨🇦 🇮🇹 🇬🇧 🇩🇪 🇫🇷 🇵🇹 🇮🇪 🇮🇸 (and lived in 2 🇦🇺 🇺🇸) and have shared experiences that have been as beautiful and diverse as the people I've met. Ive shared my love of natural plant dye in workshops and somehow managed to create the beginnings of a clothing line, I've learned some valuable lessons from the best of the best, as well as from the lovers and the haters - each one showing me how to continue to become the best version of myself💥 for all of the doubts, concerns, worries, drama, joys, happiness, and being... this entire year I am grateful. There's a whole lot of New New sparkling its way into this New Year ✨I wish you all realisation for the deepest blessings of your heart ✨LOVE ✨✨✨🎊🎊🎊 p: @adrianas_studio 💋🌼#2019 🌼
I am such a firm believer of this:
What comes, let it come
What stays, let stay
What goes, let go.
Resist nothing. People, places, things come and go out of your life, it's up to you to decide when to set them free. Honour yourself. Stay in your own lane. What is meant to be in your life, will be in your life 🙏🏾 Sending my love out and in today 🌿💛💚💫 thanks to @adrianas_studio for capturing my softer/stronger side 😘 #staytruetoyou 🦋✨
I've been sewing new garments this past week to add to my capsule collection. Linen has always been a textile that I absolutely LOVE and for once, I am not tempted to dye this in a natural plant colour 😅 the palette will remain white for this one, although I'll probably make a few more and dye them in indigo...who am I kidding? 😁🦋💙I'll put these up online *hopefully* in time for the holidays, but if not, they will be added soon just for the sheer desire of wanting these babies out into the world ✨💛✨ .
#linenlove #summervibes #handmade #slowfashion #slowliving #localartist #byronbay #textilelove
🐝Sending out a few of these beeswax wraps today for the holidays, little sustainable gifties to help your family + friends transition in reducing their single-use plastic intake a bit easier. These are plant dyed with indigo, turmeric, or onion skins and coated in organic Australian beeswax from just up the road here in Byron Shire 🦋 dm me if you're interested in having one. My organic indigo kits are also available, plastic free packaging and no-nasty ingredients, you can find those on my website. All gifts get packaged up with my version of a "love note" 💌 a Hello Beautiful 😌 or Hello Sunshine ☀️ xx #plasticfreeliving #slowliving #plantdye #beeswaxwraps #organic #indigo #sustainable #giftgiving #byronbay
Why I love what I do 💙❤️😊 •
" Anybody with artistic ambitions is always trying to reconnect with the way they saw things as a child. " ~ #timburton . I sincerely love this quote and I couldn't agree more. The way I saw the world as a kid was warm, open, friendly, creative, magical. I'd look around at the way the wind blew through the leaves in tree branches & somehow felt the energy behind it, the way I'd experience colours, bees, snow, sunshine, and interacting with everything as if it had its own personality and world to it. Creativity was always within me & it's what's always created the inspiration & change in my life. Sharing this with people is something I love to do, and watching smiles like this and inspiring thoughts and ideas about better ways to preserve and live on this beautiful earth is very deep for me ❤️🌊🙏🏾 This was from a truly awesome moment at the wonderful @fibreartsfestival last month, having a wildly good time laughing, dancing, and learning together. The plants continue to teach, and there is always so so much to learn from nature 🌱🌿 #plantpower
I am very pleased to say that my second batch of Traveler Tops have arrived & are now readily available. These are all locally made here in Byron Bay Australia. • As 5 of these Tops have sold already on pre-order, I now have just 5 left: 1 in light indigo, and 4 in the deeper indigo. These are now available online, and for those in Australia, if you're gift giving I encourage you to order soon so it arrives in time for the holiday, and for those OS the deadline will be Dec. 10th💙 • As I know there's plenty of packages being sent around the world during this time, I will do my best to get these out to you asap. 🙏🏾✨ pls dm me for any inquires xx . . .
#victorialarnach #indigo #slowfashion #traveler