Category Archives: SUSTAINABLE LIFE + DESIGN

ECO SALON + ALABAMA CHANIN = FRIDAY LOVE

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Eco Salon*, it is my sincere pleasure to introduce you to this wonderful site. You will find me there (along with a barrage of incredible content) starting tomorrow, and every other Friday until…

Please take a moment to visit and say hello while we turn our lens to fashion, life, and living.

Let Eco Salon know that Alabama sent you by leaving a comment on their Facebook Page and ours today and you will be automatically entered for a chance to win a one-of-a-kind, hand-sewn journal cover with a Moleskine notebook. We’ll pick a winner later today-good luck!

Still not convinced?

Here’s a bit more from the Source:

Eco Salon is the conscious culture and fashion website.

Welcome to the place for modern minds with hearts on fire. We celebrate, we criticize. We cover what’s now – and what’s next – in fashion, culture, shelter, food, and sex. As the #1 website for conscious women, Eco Salon is leading the way to a more holistic definition of green. Influencers read us. Tastemakers read us. Women love us. (And we love you.) Our motto: Have a heart.

See you there tomorrow!
xo Natalie

* EcoSalon ceased publishing in October 2012, after 4 years of existence. We value the partnership we had with them and wish everyone involved a happy future.

DETOX DAY 5

The book Clean, by Alejandro Junger, has been sitting on my nightstand since December of last year. Over the last months, I have read parts of it and “toyed” with some of the recommended practices (eliminating aluminum pans from the kitchen, drinking clean water, etc.), but it has taken some time for me to actually embrace the full-on detox program.  I started last Wednesday.  And when I say “started,” I mean hard core:  no coffee, no dairy, no wheat, no red meat, no sugar, no alcohol, and as much organic as possible.

Cold turkey.

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AMY’S WEDDING DRESS

A 12 hour road trip brought Amy and her mother to our weekend workshop @ the Factory last summer.

A weekend with new friends (our design team included), a rack of sample sizes, and our fabric archives were the beginning of one truly magical garment (actually, two).

120 hours, at least ten times as many stitches, and 5 ounces of glass beads later…

Amy said “I do.”

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GREEN: THE COLOR AND THE CAUSE

“Despite the prevalence of green in nature, no single plant produces a color-fast, deep green dye. Until the invention of synthetic dyes in the 19th century, people around the world typically combined indigo blue with various yellow dyes to create green textiles.”

From Green:  the Color and the Cause

(Be sure to browse the entire online catalog as it is very informative and beautifully written.)

Perhaps this fusing of colors – or ideas – is what it is going to take for us to eventually really come into fulfillment of the “Green Movement.” As I walked through the exhibition today, a green war is beginning in my own state.


Detail from the above exhibition signage by Gyongy Laky, Apple tree cuttings, grapevine, nails, wire; improvised.

Ayelet Lindenstrauss Larsen, Re-Use, 2009, Linen, cotton, fabric marker; embroidered, hand lettered.


Maggy Rozycki Hiltner
, Hothouse Flowers, 2005, Cotton and found textiles; embroidered.


Jane Dunnewold
, Sacred Planet: The Pride of Barbados/Mask/Pride of Barbados, 2009, Cotton; digitally printed, dyed, screen printed, stitched.


Teresa Paschke
, CEAH1, 2009,  Cotton; inkjet printed, hand embroidered.


James Koehler, Rhythms of Nature II, 2009, Wool; tapestry woven.

Green:  the Color and the Cause

 

BRITISH TEXTILES

I own a lot of books on pattern design but British Textiles – published by V&A – is one of the loveliest I have seen for a long time.

(It was at the bottom of the pile yesterday but is on top today.)

The book highlights woven and printed fabric (embroidery is planned for an upcoming volume); however, I adore the simple painted designs that sometimes include the artist process.  In my favorites, you can see finely drawn pencil lines, loosely painted swaths of color and the underpinnings of structural grids.  The silk design above from page 29 feels incredibly modern but was designed by James Leman in 1719.

Moving through the  book, you experience an exquisite evolution of British color and design through the ages.

While expensive, this big (weighs 6 pounds), complete (494 pages), beautiful (over 1000 images), inspirational book is one of my new favorites:

British Textiles: 1700 to the Present

Looking very forward to the embroidery volume as well…

IT TAKES A VILLAGE

While traveling last week, I came across the Lower 9th Ward Village and Mack McLendon on The Moth podcast.  I was moved by Mack’s love for his community and the beauty of the world when we choose to act from that place of love. It takes a village. Indeed.

Community center brings magic to the Lower 9th Ward

As communities around the south begin to rebuild, I have been amazed to see how individuals have joined hands to help communities.  We are still receiving emails and phone calls about what you can do to help… necessities like food, socks, underwear, diapers and washing powders are still in need.

We continue to accept donations at our office and see that they are delivered on a daily basis:
462 Lane Drive, Florence, Alabama, 35630.

Thank you.

*Photo from the Lower 9th Ward Village Flicker Page

SUBVERSIVE

Subversive Knitting, Berkeley + Subversive Donations, Florence

From Steven, our production manager:

“I spoke with Wade – our UPS driver – this morning and he lives right in the middle of all of the damage in Franklin County.  He said that almost everyone in their area lost everything.  Right now they need basics like blankets, water, food that doesn’t have to be cooked, and toiletries.”

If you would like to do a bit of subversive donating, bring (or send) any of the above items to our office and we will make sure that there is a daily delivery to those in need.

Alabama Chanin, 462 Lane Drive, Florence, AL 35630
M-F 9 am – 4 pm

Questions: 1.256.760.1090 or office(at)alabamachanin.com