Petal Naturals

The collection progresses and, for all intents and purposes, summer has arrived in the humid S.E.U.S.  Indigo continues to be part of my work and was the focus of my last post.  In addition to indigo-dyed cloth, Petal-Una’s seasonal collections will now also feature cloth painted and printed with naturally sourced colorants.  The color range with natural dyes is extensive and I am delighted to finally be adding them into my studio practice!  The following are selected images of pieces created so far.  Colorants used in these pieces: (top to bottom/left to… Read More

New Looks are In – Part II

A few years back I studied briefly with hand-weaver and natural dye expert Catharine Ellis with whom I learned how to enrich cloth with plant- and insect-based colorants.  This Spring I am finally introducing indigo-dyed cloth (as well as other natural colorants – post coming soon) into my wearable collections!  Pieces include both straight immersion (solid indigo) and cloth pre-printed with natural dyes then overdyed with indigo.  I’ll have more information in the future about all of the colorants I use in my work.  Meanwhile, here are some pieces from that group. … Read More

Winter Studio

Things are progressing in the studio this Winter…I always like to start out a season’s collection working in natural/undyed cloth.  Here are some of the first pieces in a wonderful oat linen gauze.  Looks are coming soon!

From the Archives: S/S 2013

For Spring/Summer 2013 I was working with a variety of light-weight silks and different bound resists.  The result was some very soft, feminine, diaphanous pieces.  Bound resists are part of the small workshop surface-designer’s tool-box – they create a rich and always unique array of surface treatments.  This year I also introduced the “Cosette” Skirt – which continues to be a part of my collections up to the present.

From the Archives: A/W 2012

I launched Petal-Una Collection in the Autumn of 2012.  Below are images from that first collection.  I had been working with felts for some time and was interested in working with commercial wool fabrics and stitch alternatives.  Machine texturing as well as piercing and appliqué featured prominently in this collection in many of the pieces; a second group incorporated a number of resist-dyed silks.  Some of my felted scarves and wraps from this period are featured as well.