Featured Artist: Solene Bucci


Solene Bucci is a ceramicist from France – the motherland to some great artists in the world. She owns a shop ‘Solene Bucci Ceramics’ in Miers town where she designs beautiful pottery with her partner at their workshop.

Solene Bucci Ceramics

Solene takes her inspiration from the mother nature which is clearly reflected in her work. The ceramic pottery made by Solene has details of textile prints, her creations are truly inspired by vegetables and fruits in terms of color and texture.

When I saw her workshop, I could feel the smell of french earth in those pictures. The workshop is spread across a wide open area with airy rooms of french style.

Solene’s pottery is inspired by fabric patterns, flowers and leaves

Solene and her partner Benjamin Tailland, who is also a potter by profession, make beautiful pottery using sandstone. While Benjamin’s work is focused on pottery; Solene enjoys creating lovely jewelry and items of daily use along with making beautiful pottery.

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Tea Silk Dyeing: The Expert’s Way


Tea As an Organic Dye

Did you know, apart from being used in making nice beverages, Tea leaves can be used as an organic dye for textiles, mainly for silks.

Kathrin von Rechenber Tea Silk Fabric

I didn’t know until I explored the amazing art of textile dying using tea. A complicated dying process makes a unique and precious tea silk fabric. Fashion designer Kathrin von Rechenberg is making her mark in a male dominated industry through producing finest quality hand dyed tea silk. While much of Chinese fashion world is obsessing about big brands such as Gucci, Louise Vuitton and Chanel, Kathrin von Rechenberg has embraced an ancient art of tea silk dyeing to produce trendy fashionable wear.

Munich born Kathrin traveled to China in search of a very special fabric called tea silk which became her signature fabric when she founded her own designer label. Since then, tea silk has been the identity of The Rechenberg Couture.

The Dyeing Process:
Kathrin’s store follows a long process of dyeing the fabric and hence her label produces very best kind of dresses for women.

The regular procedure adopted by many silk dyeing units and production houses is as follows:

Tea Silk in Dark Cinanmon - Image courtesy - http://www.rechenberg.cn

Tea silk dyeing starts with procuring right kind of neutral color silk, that has no mixing. It is very important for the dyeing process that the silk is one hundred percent pure. Any mixing of synthetic yarn can bring a lot of color difference. The fabric is sent to the dyeing center where it is hand dyed using tea leaves and twigs. Depending on the requirement, the fabric is repeatedly dipped into yam root dye solution.

After dyeing, the fabric is then left under the sun, in a grass field. The grass keeps it from touching the hot earth directly. The drying process is repeated as many as 20-30 times. The sun gives dyed fabric a nice and permanent color. The process may take longer time depending on the weather.

The fabric is then soaked in red mud extracted from the river. After this fabric is dried again. The fabric is washed thoroughly after drying. Washed fabric is again dried and now it looks dark on one side and rusty red on another side.

Now the fabric is sent to the tailors for creating beautiful dresses.

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Featured Artist – Hagar Arnon Elbaz


I have been admiring her beautiful handmade jewellery for quite some time. Hagar Arnon Elbaz is the owner of Gilgulim- Designer handcrafted fashion jewelry. As Hagar would describe her jewellery – I design soft jewels for women who dare to be different.

According to Wikipedia, in Hebrew, the word gilgul means “cycle” and neshamot is the plural for “souls. Souls are seen to “cycle” through “lives” or “incarnations”, being attached to different human bodies over time.

Hagar working on a new design

Hagar working on a new design

Born and raised in the holy city of Jeruslam, Hagar Arnon is the owner and designer of all handmade jewellery that a very unique jewellery store called Gillium provides.

Hagar’s jewellery is made using textiles that she collect or buy from different shops all around the world. One can easily notice the variety and colorfulness in her jewellery. She carefully chooses the  fabrics, cut them into stripes and then sew them to form lovely shapes later to be used as beads in her handmade jewellry.

A beautiful necklace made by Hagar

A beautiful necklace made by Hagar

 

A full time eco-friendly jewellery designer Hagar is mother of three daughters and wife to a loving husband. You can find more about Hagar and her beautiful alternative jewellery here

Here are few more handmade pieces from Hagar’s online shop.

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