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About the project

Mapping the realms of alternative dyeing in the fashion industry

As a young girl I used to spend my vacation at the scout camps in the woods, collecting herbs and assembling them into a herbarium. Now, as a grown woman, I collect natural elements and I catalogue their resultant colours. The idea is that these natural colours have no adverse impact on the environment and therefore future generations might also have the possibility to play within Nature, just as I did as a child. The concept of “The Atlas of Sustainable Colours” is a result of combining my personal interest in nature and biology with the artistic research in sustainable fashion.

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Fibres dyed with naturally pigmented bacteria - picture taken at TextileLab Amsterdam, Waag Society

Fibres dyed with naturally pigmented bacteria - picture taken at TextileLab Amsterdam, Waag Society

RESEARCH

IN SEARCH FOR BIODEGRADABLE COLOURS

Development of non-toxic dyes is a step towards decreasing water pollution and unhealthy working conditions, which are big issues in the textile industry. What is more, naturally dyed clothes have a higher level of protection against ultraviolet rays than the ones dyed with synthetic dyes. Interestingly, naturally pigmented bacteria used for colouring textiles, amongst other things, has antibacterial properties, which might support our immune systems in the future. Nowadays, sustainable colour is researched all around the world.

 
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The Book

Atlas of Sustainable Colours

“The Atlas of Sustainable Colour(s)” is a compendium of shades and tones made with plants and bacteria. Bio and naturally dyed textiles present the range of non-synthetic colours. The project is an outcome of a comprehensive research into alternative colouring for the textile industry. It’s a call for rediscovering aesthetics in fashion by exploring possibilities of sustainable colour sourcing. It is an attempt to catalogue artisanal natural dyes together with innovative ways of colouring with naturally pigmented bacteria, as well as looking for a spectrum of colours offered by algae pigments and textiles made out of clothing waste.


 

value of collaboration

YOU WON’T MAKE A SUSTAINABLE PROJECT ALONE

Making “The Atlas of Sustainable Colour(s)” was possible thanks to amazing people I met during my research journey. Everything started when prof. Danielle Bruggeman made it possible for me to enter the realm of bio-dyeing by assisting in the research held by Fashion Makers, Centre of the Expertise. During that time I met Laura Luchtman and Ilfa Siebenhaar (Living Colour Collective). Their patience in explaining bio-dyeing processes encouraged me to ask them to become first contributors who dyed samples especially for this project. In October I met Cecilia Raspanti and Ista Boshard from Waag Society who shared their knowledge, skills and their enthusiasm for this project. They also prepared samples especially for “The Atlas of Sustainable Colour(s”). Cecilia introduced me to Karin Fleck from Vienna Textile Lab who together with Richard Fried shared with me their scientific knowledge and send samples in the most professional way I have ever seen!


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Service

Sustainable Colour Consultancy

I offer an advisory service based on my research and database of bio and natural dyers. Everyone who want to bring true colour to their clothes and collections are more than welcome to discuss which solution might be the best for their strategy.

Coming soon at www.atlasofsustainablecolours.com

 
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