How do you source your materials?

I work with natural fibres and plant dyes, most of which are foraged locally by hand. Secondhand, deadstock, and salvaged textiles are used as often as possible to limit my use of new materials. When I can't find second life materials, I purchase from ethical, Canadian suppliers.

Why are sustainable materials important?

We, as makers and consumers, have a responsibility to think deeply and consciously about the material goods we make and use in our everyday lives. All textiles have an impact on the earth - in fibre production, dyeing, and assembly stages, in active use, and eventual disposal.

There's a lot more to sustainability than packaging or using "natural" materials. It's also about re-imagining the ways we relate to our clothing and belongings, forming longer relationships with fewer items and consuming less. I find myself in a difficult position, as I am also trying to sell you things! But I encourage you to live intimately with your Sister Mollusk goods and consider washing them less often, repairing them as needed, and re-homing or upcycling them when you feel the time is right.

How do I care for my naturally dyed goods?

Hand wash only in cold water with ph neutral soap and hang to dry away from direct sunlight. Acidic foods such as citrus will shift or remove colour. As with all colour derived from nature, these colours are alive and will evolve with time.

Will the colour wash out?

All Sister Mollusk goods are prepared properly to receive dye and last through a reasonable period of use. Textiles are thoroughly mordanted (a multi step fibre preparation process) according to the highest standards to preserve colour. However - natural dyes are very much alive and will likely shift over time. Changes or loss of colour will depend on how you care for your item. Please follow the recommended washing instructions above and wash only when needed. Spot cleaning and airing out are great alternatives.