SILK VELVET IKAT
The Ikat fabrics I source are not mass produced, but are made in very small quantities by individual artisans in small villages of Uzbekistan. These fabrics are hand dyed, hand loomed and sourced straight from where the art form originated. The ikat fabrics used in my art pieces are not manufactured on a big scale. They are literally made by hand in small villages in small quantities.
All shells used in my art are by-products of the farming and fishing industry. They are all natural...no resin recreations. No two shells created by nature will be identical. There will be slight differences in size, shape, coloring and pattern for each natural item. All shells have beautiful, natural imperfections caused by living in the oceans or in the wild.
AFRICAN INDIGO MUD CLOTH
All mud cloths used in my pieces are sourced direct from Mali, Africa. Each have been fully cleaned and mended.
All feathers used are eco-friendly. With the exception of natural molting, all the feathers used in my art are by-products of other industries and would have otherwise been discarded.
I strongly disagree with the breeding of any live creatures for the sole purpose of ART. I only use faux butterflies in my art pieces. Each butterfly is made of feathers, all by-products of other industries.
I source my porcupine quills from a trusted vendor in South Africa. Most quills are harvested from live porcupines with minimal effort. They fall out easily and regrow quickly. A typical method involves touching or draping the animal with a piece of fabric and then removing it. Numerous quills come out easily into the fabric. In some countries, porcupine is also a popular type of meat for eating and is considered a delicacy. Porcupines have few natural predators and their population density can be quite high.