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Yesterday, when I took this photo, may have been the last day the ground, with all the lovely fallen apples, was visible for the season, for this morning all is white. I printed this silk with a hodgepodge of leaves left over from other work, and really like the soft result against the Dyer’s Chamomile background.

#ecoprint #printingwithplants #contactprint #leafprint #dyedwithplants #foreverbrigit #organic #surfacedesign #sustainabletextiles #ecologicaltextiles #inspiredbynature #naturaldyersofinstagram #slowmade #handmade #ilovecbcraft #vccreates #wearableart

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I use pre-loved natural fibre sweaters (mostly wool and cashmere) that the thrift stores can’t sell (due to holes, stains, etc.) and turn them into one of a kind wrist warmers and other useful items, and keep them out of the landfill so they can enjoy a new life. These wrist warmers will be in my online store this evening.

#ecoprint #printingwithplants #contactprint #leafprint #dyedwithplants #foreverbrigit #organic #surfacedesign #sustainabletextiles #ecologicaltextiles #inspiredbynature #naturaldyersofinstagram #slowmade #handmade #ilovecbcraft #vccreates #wearableart #botanicaldye #upcycle

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Marigold and henna dyed wool. I can’t wait until my new dye rings arrive (I somehow managed to lose ones I’d had for years when I moved permanently to Cape Breton a couple of years ago). It’s such a pain keeping the yarn strands untangled without them when dyeing, even with tying off, etc.

#dyedwithplants #foreverbrigit #organic #sustainablefibres #inspiredbynature #naturaldyersofinstagram #slowmade #handmade #ilovecbcraft #vccreates #purewool

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I’ve been very precise with a lot of my surface designs lately, but for this piece, I went for a more organic, layered effect, and I love the way it turned out. Dyed first with natural #indigo.

#ecoprint #printingwithplants #contactprint #leafprint #dyedwithplants #surfacedesign #foreverbrigit #organic #sustainabletextiles #ecologicaltextiles #inspiredbynature #naturaldyersofinstagram #slowmade #handmade #ilovecbcraft #vccreates #puresilk

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All paper and card stock used for my #handmadebooks is recycled. All plant material used for dyes and prints is organic and from my own property. I also hand-dye the local wool I use for binding, and wax it (makes the stitching easier and won’t tear the paper) with the most heavenly, aromatic pure beeswax from the local hives of my friends Dennis and Judy, who are organic farmers. I love bookmaking and each creation is truly a slow, artisanal labour of love, rooted in the natural abundance of Cape Breton, and guided by a desire to use resources wisely/frugally and to step as lightly as possible on precious Mother Earth.

#ecoprint #printingwithplants #contactprint #leafprint #dyedwithplants #foreverbrigit #organic #inspiredbynature #naturaldyersofinstagram #slowmade #handmade #ilovecbcraft #vccreates #copticbinding #artisan

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All native species of the Acadian Forest ecosystem where I live - Red Maple, Sugar Maple, Striped Maple, Beech, and Birch. I am also slowly reintroducing many native species on my property that have been largely extirpated over the years - cut down for wood or because people didn’t appreciate their ecological importance - including Black Walnut, Staghorn Sumac, Witchhazel, Red Oak, Wild Raisin, and Chokecherry. I’ll be planting native species until the day I die.

#ecoprint #printingwithplants #contactprint #leafprint #dyedwithplants #foreverbrigit #organic #sustainabletextiles #ecologicaltextiles #inspiredbynature #naturaldyersofinstagram #slowmade #handmade #organic #ilovecbcraft #vccreates #puresilk #acadianforest #ecologicalrestoration #treeworship

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The wind has been howling all night, and it bucketed down rain which is now turning to snow. It won’t stick, as it’s still mild out for the time of year, but it’s a thoroughly miserable morning, so I am grateful for simple comforts such as the wonder of plant pigments on lovely fibres from the Earth.

#ecoprint #printingwithplants #contactprint #leafprint #dyedwithplants #foreverbrigit #organic #sustainabletextiles #ecologicaltextiles #inspiredbynature #naturaldyersofinstagram #slowmade #handmade #ilovecbcraft #vccreates #purewool #organic

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My friend Mervi Haapakoski hand carves and paints little wooden house earrings that reflect the heritage architectural styles and colours of Atlantic Canada.

#deckthehallscapebreton #artisan #madeincapebreton #madeinnovascotia #vccreates #ilovecbcraft #mervihaapakoski @mervihaapakoski

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Frosty morning. Apples still clinging to branches. A few #ecoprint and #indigo #shibori throw pillows for this weekend’s Deck The Halls artisan fair. I hope everyone is toastier than I was taking this picture! Brrrrrr... #printingwithplants #contactprint #leafprint #dyedwithplants #foreverbrigit #organic #sustainabletextiles #ecologicaltextiles #inspiredbynature #naturaldyersofinstagram #slowmade #handmade #ilovecbcraft #vccreates #artisan #deckthehallscapebreton

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Super fine merino #wool with ferns, maple, and lilac leaves. I’ll have a large selection of beautiful silk and wool shawls/scarves, as well as a range of other #organic, #plantdyed #finetextiles and paper art at the upcoming Deck The Halls artisan fair at Sydney’s historic St Patrick’s Church Museum on the Esplanade (Friday through Sunday). Hope to see you there!

#ecoprint #printingwithplants #contactprint #leafprint #dyedwithplants #foreverbrigit #organic #sustainabletextiles #ecologicaltextiles #inspiredbynature #naturaldyersofinstagram #slowmade #handmade #ilovecbcraft #vccreates #deckthehallscapebreton

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I don’t have any chestnut trees growing nearby and, by the time I find some leaves fallen under a few rather gorgeous Horse Cheatnut specimens in the town nearest to me, they’re pretty withered and don’t work so well for whole leaf printing. But there are always some individual leaflets I can rescue... #foreverbrigit #leafprint #printingwithleaves #ecoprint #ecologicaltextiles #sustainabletextiles #madeincapebreton #vccreates #ilovecbcraft #organic #slowtextiles #mylocaldyeplants #handmade

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Finally starting to print the pile of silk I dyed with #madder a couple of weeks ago, this piece with fern and continus from my own organic property. Swipe for additional images. I’m really looking forward to the Deck The Halls artisan market in less than two weeks, but better get a move on as I have so much to do!

#botanicaldye #dyedwithplants #naturaldye #foreverbrigit #inspiredbynature #madeincapebreton #madeinnovascotia #maritimemakers #ilovecbcraft #organic #vccreates #ecologicaltextiles #sustainabletextiles #puresilk #deckthehallscapebreton

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I grew #anthemistinctoria (#dyerschamomile) for the first time this year and collected blossoms throughout the Summer. I just batch-dyed this #puresilk with my precious harvest in preparation for printing later this week. There’s less variation than appears in this image, as that is the effect of a glorious early #autumn morning sun glancing through the surrounding apple and maple trees.
#botanicaldye #mylocaldyeplants #dyedwithplants #naturaldye #tintesnaturales #dyedbyhand #slowmade #makersmovement #calledtocreate #foreverbrigit #inspiredbynature #madeincapebreton #madeinnovascotia #maritimemakers #ilovecbcraft #organic #fall🍁 #goldenmarguerite #cotatinctoria #vccreates

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In our pop-up studio right now is Gayle Bird and her beautiful wire wrapped jewellery! Catch her here until 5 #vccreates #wirewrap #recycledglass #creative island #popupstudio #gaylebirddesigns

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In our pop up studio today is Raili Kekalainen visiting from Finland. She makes wonderful jewellery like this statement piece made with found materials from a local beach 🌊☀️
#vccreates #upcycledjewellery #foundmaterials #popupstudio #localinspiration #capebretoninspires

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A snippet of our Artist in Residence Andrew McCulloughs studio space for the next month and a half 👌

#homeawayfromhome #studioawayfromstudio #findingspace #pottery #ceramics #potterinresidence #shoplocal #shophere #vccreates #thosecoloursthough

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SURPRISE we are open again!
Out enjoying the sunshine on our steps today are two of our Artists in Residence @ChristianCorbet and Lukas France

#sculpting #portraitbusts #alexandergrahambell #mabelbell #creativeisland #vccreates

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When travelling to Cape Breton Island, the new Victoria County Creates artisan gallery/shop in the historic, lakeside town of Baddeck is a must stop. One of a kind, high quality creations by local artisans range from hand-blown glass to jewellery, woodworking, and a range of gorgeous textiles. I'm very pleased that my organic, natural fibre, botanically dyed and printed textiles are now available through this wonderful fine craft showcase.

#visitnovascotia #visitcapebreton #ilovecbcraft #vccreates #baddeck #capebretonisland #artisan #oneofakind #slowmade #ecologicaltextiles #dyedbyhand #dyedwithplants #dyersofinstagram #leafprint #botanicaldye #botanicalprint #naturaldye #inspiredbynature #wearableart #capebretoncraft #wearethemakers #makersmovement

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Looks like spring, feels like spring.. so how about some lovely floral?! Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10-5 for more flowery finds! 🌻🌼🌺 This bag was handmade by Sharon Burchell
#vccreates #handmade #shoplocal #springfeels

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I made a scarf. It's kind of reversible. Yay scarves! #ilovemymodel #bluesteel #icecreamshop #winterstudio #baddeck #vccreates

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The handsome Daniel Maguire working into the night on his novel #icecreamshop #winterstudio #baddeck #vccreates

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