Leaf & Lichen
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My name is Wendy Hardman, I live on Arakwal Bundjalung country, on Mount Chincogan in the Byron Bay Hinterlands. Through Leaf & Lichen, I share my passion for creating textile designs with ecologically sound textiles and dyes .
Natural dyeing and botanical printing allow me to bring my deep connection with the natural environment into my work. I find great inspiration for colour, texture, and patterns in the botanical diversity of this great land. Connection to forests, gardens, trees, flowers, leaves, and lichens fills me with energy and creative focus every day.
With Leaf & Lichen, I grow and find local botanicals to create natural textile dyes and botanical prints. I sometimes use quality extracts with the finest provenance.
Each piece is a unique record of a moment in time and nature, I can replicate the process but nature takes her own course and makes her own unique mark. My purpose is to bring colour and design to beautiful textiles without compromising the quality of the fabric, while maximising colourfast properties of the dyes and prints.
Creating textile design that is ecologically sound and sharing knowledge to support choices for non-toxic textiles and reducing fashion waste to landfill.
Leaf & Lichen acknowledges the sovereignty, country, culture and traditional custodians of the land upon which we walk, work and live.