Susanna here. What started as a search for the right shade of blue ribbon to wrap bridal bouquets for a wedding I was working on (I couldn't find any, so I made some) quickly developed into an obsession with creating the most beautiful colours with natural dyes that I could find. Eventually I moved away from full time floral design and into handmade silk ribbons, table linens and styling fabric (although I am still known to sling some flowers for special occasions and styled shoots once in a while). It's odd to think that the business seemed to have a mind of its own but I'm happy to follow it where it has led; into a passion for colour, sumptuous fabrics and a journey into modern craft.
My ribbons are plant-dyed, made by hand in small batches (to ensure good quality), in my studios in the south of England and Portland, Oregon. I use natural dyes that vary from organic local berries to wood shavings to earth tones sourced from Japan. All of my sources for colours and materials are as sustainable as possible and all are non-toxic. Not only does it feel good to be running a business with deeply eco-friendly values, I find that the natural colours are far richer and more nuanced than conventional, artificial dyes. In particular they pair wonderfully with flower elements and bring movement and a little something extra to every bouquet, invitation suite and detail shot in which they get to participate.
In late 2018 I’ll be starting a project to renovate an old double decker bus in England, turning it into my home and studio on wheels. Follow along with my adventures in design on my blog.
Nettle's textiles have been featured on wedding and style blogs like Vogue Paris, Artfully Wed, Wedding Sparrow, Wedding Chicks, 100 Layer Cake, Ruffled, Rustic Wedding Chic, Green Wedding Shoes, Perfect Palette and Debra Prinzing's Slow Flower Journal.
Each batch is a lovingly made work of art; my store motto is 'Infused with Love'.