Connected to Colour: Pink

Connected to Colour: Pink

January 28, 2021
The cochineal insect (Dactylopius coccus) is a gift from nature. It creates a glorious pink. Pink is often associated with love and romance. Often thought of as a feminine colour, pink is associated with the qualities of softness, kindness, nurturance, and compassion.
2021 Colours of the Year

2021 Colours of the Year

January 04, 2021
I've never been one to follow trends, however it's always interesting knowing what's out there and what informs a lot of design trends in the world. Have a look at some of the decision-making behind the Pantone colours for 2021.
'Colours of Nature' with Charlotte Kwon

'Colours of Nature' with Charlotte Kwon

December 29, 2020
This amazing 4-day workshop was with master dyer Charlotte Kwon from Maiwa Handprints in Vancouver. An in-depth study and preparation of many different kinds of fabrics.
Connected to Colour: Orange

Connected to Colour: Orange

November 15, 2020

Nature is a refuge where we connect with our essence and open our senses, seeing, hearing, smelling and feeling more vibrantly. And we revel in the stunning colours of nature - greens, yellows, blues, reds, pinks, and, yes, the colour orange.

At the Cauldron - A Natural Dyer's Dream

At the Cauldron - A Natural Dyer's Dream

October 21, 2019
I love dyeing with natural dyes. There are a number of steps involved in the dyeing of a wool scarf. In its simplest form this is the process (it varies with protein fibre - wool and silk and cellulose fibre - cotton, linen, hemp, etc.).
Wool: The Warmest of Fibre

Wool: The Warmest of Fibre

September 23, 2019
I have always loved wool. And if you are as crazy about wool as I am, here are a few interesting things to know about it.
Tea Plantations and Finding Indigo

Tea Plantations and Finding Indigo

June 16, 2019
The Tata Tea group set up its natural dye unit in Kerala, India in 1995 and will celebrate its 25th year anniversary in 2020. The green and lush hills were breathtaking and it became clear why it's called "God's Country".  
A Master Revives Textile Traditions in Cambodia

A Master Revives Textile Traditions in Cambodia

May 03, 2019
This post in an ode to my memorable trip to Cambodia in 2010.  I was on a mission while there, and it was to meet Dr. Kiku Morimoto.
2018 Saskatoon Fashion Design Festival

2018 Saskatoon Fashion Design Festival

October 22, 2018
This past weekend was a great time at the Saskatoon Fashion Design Festival. I presented ten looks of my designs. I like cropped jackets and layered looks. 
Natural Dye Workshop - Dyeing with Protein Fibre

Natural Dye Workshop - Dyeing with Protein Fibre

July 31, 2018
I conducted a Natural Dye workshop for the Saskatoon Spinners and Weavers Guild. There were 10 students. We were welcomed by one of the Guild member's homes to have the workshop there in the country, over-looking the river just near Waneskewin National Heritage Site.
Caring for Your Naturally-dyed Scarf

Caring for Your Naturally-dyed Scarf

December 18, 2017
Garment care labels can be difficult to navigate. In this blog post you can find a link to the Canadian website for care symbols and what they mean.
Dyeing with Cochineal

Dyeing with Cochineal

September 26, 2017

This amazing pink and dark red is achieved from small bugs called cochineal that live on desert cactus. See some of the dying take place in this video.