Textile artist, dyer, printer and ink-maker Catherine Lewis makes all her healthy artwork and handmade inks at her workshop in Cardiff, Wales. She is inspired by the natural beauty, local materials and the post-industrial vistas of her native Welsh landscape. Her work combines sustainable, handmade and recycled materials with both traditional and contemporary techniques.
Her sumptuous, eco-conscious art, fashion and home goods don’t cost the earth and they’re good for you, being made to incorporate Ayurvedic healing plant properties with full provenance. Ayurvastra is a part of the ancient Indian Vedic system of healthcare – loosely translated it means healthy clothing. When worn or slept in, these special fabrics deliver medicinal plant benefits through your skin.
Using these ideals, each piece is hand-made, dyed and printed at the workshop or out on site. So every item is unique and has an essence of the place, materials and time of making.
Watch Catherine make her walnut ink on the BBC Countryfile Autumn special:
‘Chemical dyes and textiles can be really bad for our health and that of those who make them – my products are not. I carefully source only non-harmful chemicals and dyes from plants and waste; I use only recycled fabrics, organic UK silk, wool and sustainable, ethically produced, chemical-free hemp and bamboo fibres. All of my bespoke dyeing and printing services are done with the greatest respect for our planet and people. I believe in creating harmlessly and strive to create luxury with zero or little waste, zero or low carbon footprint, locally sourced materials and labour‘.
Catherine is able to dye and print a wide variety of materials. She is highly skilled in colour matching and has an extensive knowledge of the various dyes and fibres required to achieve the best results. Catherine can also teach you to make your own healthy, organic inks, textiles and papers on a workshop either at the Cardiff studio or your own setting.