In this episode of Grow What You Love, we visit the home and garden of Kristin Morrison of All Species, a fashion-forward ecological clothing company. When we arrive, Kristin is in the middle of making plant dyes in her outdoor dye lab — of course!
Kristin creates fabulous, wildcrafted textiles utilizing natural dyes made from plants that she grows in her dye garden or finds in the wild. As the story goes, her passion for her work sprang from a “chance encounter with a cluster of cacti just around the corner from her home.” There she found cochineal, not a plant but a bug, feeding on the cactus that she used to create the first of many dyes, this one a vibrant red. This is where she discovered the “perfect medium for bridging her studies in fashion design and plant medicine.”
Kristin’s life has taken some twists and turns in the process of becoming a cultivator of natural dyes but, in this episode, you hear that the thread that strings her life together is her deep love of nature, plants, and her intrinsic, creative drive.
Through the creation of All Species, Kristin has also created an opportunity to talk about regenerative design and giving back to nature, leaving it better than we found it.
Making Plant Dyes With Kristin
Our conversation took place outside in the garden — actually, food forest. Kristin and her husband have made their home into a plant lovers oasis filled with food, habitat for wildlife, and plants for making dyes. It’s a wonderful example of regenerative organics on a small scale.
This particular morning, Kristin was in the process making a dye out of avocado pits (avocado pits?! yep) for an art installation. We chatted about this while making our own dye with Mexican marigold.
Hang in there because we had some trouble with the audio in the first 3rd of our conversation when we were huddled together in the outdoor dye lab. There’s some feedback, but it’s well worth the listen.
We hear first-hand how plant dyes are made. Learn which plants to use, how to extract dyes from plants, and how to set them into fabric.
The Dye Garden (& Food Forest)
Here are a few photos from my morning with Kristin. Can you see why I have garden envy?
Learn More About Kristin & Her Company: All Species
Follow Kristin @LoveAllSpecies and see some of her many designs on Instagram here.
You can learn more about Kristin and see her clothing and famous harvesting apron on the All Species home site here. And it’s possible to take classes with her at the Ecology Center in Southern California. Check out the Ecology Center Events Schedule here and here.
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