With high drama and absolute decadence, the cow parsley ushers in the Summer Solstice, when the earth is at its closet point to the sun and every living thing on the face of the earth is soaked in light. It reminds us to rejoice and celebrate light. For natural dyers, the long days are for work, planning and preparing for the year ahead because once the heady show is over, so is our source of colour.
Foraging for Dye Plants in Winter and Living Sustainably Throughout the Year: A Look at the Alder Tree
Despite the apparent bleakness, winter is a treasure-trove of natural dyes which we forage and store in the Juniper & Bliss studio for use throughout the year. We make naturally dyed sustainable pieces for eco friendly homes and slow living spaces. Today I want to explore the wonderful properties of the alder tree (Alnus glutinosa). The flowers that turn into small woody cone-like fruits, the double serrated leaves and the dark, fissured bark often mottled with lichen are staples in our larder.
Alder trees against a clear winter sky
As More of us are signing up to the benefits of slow living we are confronted with a myriad of issues and complexities when coming to make simple decisions.
At Juniper & Bliss we love to make our bed and lie in it! In Early May we went down to the woods and made our bed on a carpet of hazy bluebells under the lime green leaves of early Spring! Our mission– to shoot Juniper & Bliss’ very first short film. Ambreen Hameed, a wonderful friend and creative. We mixed and matched the colours from our collection of naturally dyed, hand woven, organic cotton-satin bedding. The soft grey duvet cover dyed with vetiver rested gently on the Yasmeen white sheets, softened with aloe vera. The pillows in a mixture...