Inspiration: Dyeing with Oak Galls


Tinctory's Oak Galls Dye

tinctory: Oak Galls Dye.

I’ve been increasingly interested in Natural Dyes these days. This week, I ran across this beautiful website called tinctory. Eva, a woman from the UK has a beautiful aesthetic with Natural Dyes.  In the photo above, she’s dyed silks, cottons and wools. The grey fabric has been mordanted later with iron.

She uses her dyed  fabric to create jewelry by smocking her swatches into little organic looking pendants.

Today I’m going on a hike, picnic and will hopefully  harvest some Oak Galls. It’s gall hunting season! Stay tuned to see what I find.


Upcycled Fashion for a Cause 10/10/10

10/10/10 is the perfect ground zero date to start a journey in a new direction…I’ve finally settled into life here in the East Bay. It’s been the endless summer as we moved from Brooklyn to Oakland over the months of April to July. And now Indian summer’s hit in the middle of October. That’s 8 months of sunshine and warm weather.

Now that the dust has settled, I can start to post about an idea that’s been bubbling up for a while. I’ve been thinking about the ever changing role of fashion and what inspires me these days. I love new ideas I’ve found around upcycled fashion when paired with a non-profit cause. I’ve noticed several Australian designers who are donating their time and talent to raise money for non-profits. I think it’s fantastic.

I’m really curious to see how fashion for a cause + social media creates viral marketing and $$ for non-profits….stay tuned as Reluxia starts a journey in a new direction!!