The Gentle Soul
Hand Dyed Textiles
- Oregon, United States (US)
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Hello! I’m Ann, a lover of natural hues, rainbows, flowers, dyes, and the myriad of stunning plant species in this wondrous world we live in. Above all, my work is about appreciating and connecting with nature.
In a past life, I was a marketing manager. Disillusioned with our system, I left the corporate world about three years ago and have never once look back. I now work on farms in northern California and the Pacific Northwest. It’s an amazing life and I love every moment of it. At the moment, I’m living on a beautiful off-grid homestead in a small rural town in southern Oregon. Being on a farm has many perks - community, good food, and an abundance of materials to play with.
My partner and I also love wild harvesting. He seeks out wild medicine and foods and I’m keen on dye matter and dried flowers. We often find many overlaps between our two worlds! For example, we both get excited over elderberries and oregon grape. Once while we were harvesting elderberries, a car stopped by and a couple chatted excitedly with us about their own discovery of a wild plum grove. We immediately drove there and spent hours tasting all the plums and dreaming up ways to preserve them. Every day we feel so grateful for nature’s abundance.
Our dream is to have our own permaculture flower farm in the near future to create a space of gathering, learning, and sharing. We’ve saved up for many years and this coming spring will be the beginning of manifesting our dream. Thanks for supporting artisans like me. Your purchases go towards helping me achieve my dream and bring more beautiful, naturally made product options to our market.
How Its Made
I grow, gather, and sustainably wild harvest plants and hand dye each yarn skein and textile with the plant material I collected. I fix the dye onto fibers through using a mordant. When possible, I choose a natural mordant such as walnut hulls, acorns, or other plants that contain a lot of tannins (named for its ability to "tan" hides). I also choose plants that have a long tradition of use as dye, ensuring that it's been time tested to last.
Colors derived from plants are one of kind, each one imbued with a natural, earth-tone hue. Plants can impart a wide range of surprising colors. Black hollyhock creates blueish greens. Yellow onion skins create a gorgeous marigold orange. Avocado pits make the softest pinks. It's a joy to discover what each plant offers and I'm constantly exploring and experimenting with the wide spectrum of colors possible.
Aside from natural colors, I use only the best quality materials and I try to source sustainable fibers such as unbleached wool, organic cotton, or reclaimed/recycled silk.
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Returns & Exchanges
I gladly accept exchanges and cancellations
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 24 hours of purchase
I don't accept returns
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
Custom or personalized orders
Perishable products (like food or flowers)
Conditions of return
Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.