"The life so short, the crafts so long to learn."
~Geoffrey Chaucer

Eco-Friendly Hand Dyed and Stitched Textile by India Flint

India Flint comes from a long line of women who made things with their hands in order to respond to the requirements of the moment. "My great-grandmother grew, harvested, retted, hackled, spun and wove her own flax. My great-aunt made wine and preserves, my grandmother sewed all sorts of things and taught me how to dye cloth. My mother was a spinner of wool and a weaver and an embroiderer (but now restricts her creative work to gardening)...and that's just the tip of the iceberg. Even my father (an Emeritus Professor) is constantly building things and devising useful objects."

"In our family, if you wanted something, you would try first of all to grow it, make it or find it." India lives on a working farm in rural South Australia, and creates eco-friendly hand dyed and stitched textiles. The ecoprint technique was discovered by her in 1999 and is the signature mark of her work. This technique is a water-based printing process using relatively small quantities of plant material compared to traditional dye methods. She uses natural dyeing techniques having discovered just how toxic synthetic colours can be. "The dyes I make avoid the use of potentially harmful synthetic mordants, relying instead on found metals, ash, seawater, whey and fruit vinegars; among others."

She manages the farm on behalf of her parents, who also live there in a separate house. India is a single mother with three children (two adult, and one nearly adult) and a border collie who is her right hand "dog" on the farm. She also has cats rescued from the RSPCA, but too many to count according to India. There are also sheep and cattle, as well as chickens and ducks to care for. Her hobbies include playing the tenor saxophone which makes her very happy. India also gives workshops, has a r(eco)fashion label, creates costumes for dance, and writes books about her craft. Visit her website to see additional works and to read about her many ongoing projects HERE. And, her blog HERE. ~Information provided by India Flint and used with permission.

Images used with permission from India Flint.

6 comment(s):

Manon Doyle said...

I just peeked at India's website. She creates the most beautiful textiles. The technique she uses produces an amazing look and I love that they're eco- friendly!

WHY? said...

Oh, this fabric reminds me of the wonderful 70's! Gorgeous designs.

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

These are absolutely fabulous! So earthly and beautiful. I adore all that delicious texture and color in there. Beautiful work. Thanks so much for the wonderful and touching comments left at the blog. I really truly appreciate every word of it!

kenflett said...

I think she really is amazing.
An artful soulful life.

india said...

thank you everybody for your kind words and thanks Nancy for the lovely write up
best wishes

Every Photo Tells A Story said...

My pleasure, India:)