After kids everything changed for me. As I slowly became a “crunchy” momma I grew concerned with all the chemicals I was using in my home and my art (I majored in printmaking.) I slowly switched our family to a greener and more eco-friendly lifestyle. I was influenced by both birth/parenting and art. Reading about Natural family Living with Mothering magazine’s Peggy O’Mara, about natural dyes with India Flint and about eco-fashion in Sustainable fashion and Textiles by Kate Fletcher and Eco Fashion by Sass Brown all influenced me greatly.
Eco Friendly Sewing tips:
- Reuse and recycle old clothing and textiles
- Mend and repair
- Use organic and sustainable fabrics and notions whenever possible
- Keep it local
- Look for Fair trade and ethical production
- Avoid chemical dyes, instead use plant based, low impact and non toxic dyes
Slow fashion to me is all about intention and creation. I want to know as much as I can about where everything I make comes form and to take care in all aspects of my creative process. I’m not perfect by any means but I try to source sustainably, create with care and make it all last. No disposable fast fashion here. I want to know who’s making my fabric and that they all are treated well and compensated fairly for the goods I’m buying. I want to leave the earth better for my children and their children.