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Gillian Smellie Eco Print Textiles

Gillian Smellie Eco Print Textiles

I’m Gillian Smellie, I discovered the magic of eco printing in 2018.  I had studied herbal medicine and as a keen spinner and knitter I was interested in other ways in which I could use plants in my life.  I researched dyeing with plants but a chance meeting in Dilston Physic Garden in Northumberland led me to eco printing and I knew I had found what I was looking for.

Eco prints harness the tannins in the leaves using heat, water and contact to transfer the image of the leaf onto fabric.  It is a truly magical process and I never lose the excitement of opening up a bundle to discover what the leaves have given me.  I am never quite sure what I will get, it is a little bit like Christmas every day.

I use the eco print process to transform simple items of clothing into wearable art, from striking dramatic black prints of huge sumac leaves to more subtle ghost like gingko leaves.  I use both upcycled and new clothing blanks but all fabric is natural (silk, wool, linen, cotton) and I offer a wide range of sizes from UK8 to UK22.  All baby clothes are new and organic cotton.

I am fortunate enough to have a huge range of trees and plants in my garden and the fields and woods around where I live in rural County Durham and all the leaves I use have been collected locally.

Whether you want to stand out from the crowd or are just looking for something a little different, please have a browse.

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  • Eco Print boiled wool jacket

    £45.00
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  • Eco print cashmere cardigan

    £45.00
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  • Eco print cotton blouse

    £30.00
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  • Eco print cotton jumper

    £30.00
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  • Eco print cotton twill jacket

    £45.00
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  • Eco print cotton V Neck T Shirt

    £20.00
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  • Cream cotton cushion hand eco printed with eucalyptus leaves

    Eco print Cushion with pad

    £30.00
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  • Eco print Cushion with pad

    £30.00
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  • Eco print Cushion with pad

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  • Eco print Cushion with pad

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  • Eco print Embroidered Cashmere stole

    £45.00
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  • Eco print heavy cotton jacket

    £45.00
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