Gillian Smellie Eco Print Textiles

Welcome to a wardrobe of sustainable Luxury

Luxury Fashion without compromise

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Welcome to a wardrobe of sustainable luxury

Sustainable luxury fashion. Silk, cashmere and wool clothing and accessories upcycled using only natural dyes. It is possible to have stylish and beautiful clothes without harming the planet. Using the eco print process where the natural dye in the leaf is used to create a permanent print on the fabric, luxury second hand natural fibre clothing is transformed into unique pieces that cannot be reproduced. Available to order online or in person in Durham and at fairs and festivals around the country. We have over 200 unique items in stock from size 6 to 22. We have something for everyone. Sustainable luxury for all. Visit our online shop or email to make an appointment in person. We look forward to meeting you I love it! Thank you for your brilliance.  I will treasure these pieces and wear, wear, wear them.

What is

Eco printing is still relatively new to the UK so it’s not surprising that I get asked this a lot.  

Eco printing an ecologically sustainable contact print using plant material.   All that is required to make a print is a leaf, material to print on, water and heat.  It is an extremely low impact method particularly where second hand textiles are used.  All my fabrics are fully mordanted and the prints are permanent and wash fast.

The leaves are laid out on the prepared fabric then rolled up tightly, bound with string and boiled or steamed for 2 to 4 hours depending on the fabric and the leaves.  The heat and water releases tannins and other chemicals from the leaves, which as they are so tightly bound, have nowhere else to go other than the fabric they are in contact with.  This then creates a permanent print of the leaf on the fabric.

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Stand out from the crowd

I have a carefully curated selection of hand eco printed sustainable items available to buy online. 

Click the button below to view the online shop.

If you can’t decide or are looking for a gift, vouchers are available from £5

Thank you for the swift service and beautiful item. 

Want to see the full collection?

Please come to one of the events I am attending (see Events) or contact me to arrange a private viewing at my studio in County Durham.  I hold regular pop up shops throughout the North East of England and occasionally in Scotland.

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Bespoke Printing

On many occasions I have had a client love the clothes but because my clothes are upcycled and thus one off in terms of print, style and size they have not been able to find the perfect item.  This is where my bespoke printing service comes in.

Please contact me directly if you would like to discuss a bespoke print.

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Workshops & Events

Want to see the full collection? Click the link below to view the events I have lined up.

Do you run a WI, TWG, Craft Group?  I am available for talks and demonstrations.  Why not try something a little different?  Please contact me for details.

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If you are interested in a collaboration whether online or in person, please contact me directly.

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