I have been in the fashion business for more than 20 years. I design and make organic clothing with hemp, organic cotton, modal and silk. My clothing is my canvas for plant dyeing and eco-printing.
About the Artist
Suzanne Marie Vaillancourt is a fashion designer, textile artist and yoga instructor in Peterborough, Ontario. Her work has been shown at various craft shows: The Peterborough Regional Farmers Market, Cabbage Town Arts and Craft show, Stoney Lake Arts and Craft Show, Mariposa, The Toronto Yoga Show, The One of a Kind Show and her own studio open houses.
Suzanne’s clothing has been described as wearable art using classic and contemporary designs to compliment people of all shapes and sizes. Her products are fun, dynamic, colourful, unique and affordable.
Using plant dyes and local foliage, she creates one of a kind pieces that celebrate nature and sustainability. Organic and non-GMO fabrics such as hemp, organic cotton, modal, merino wool and silk are used because natural dyes work best with natural fibres. Plant dyes (either collected or sourced) such as black walnut, marigold and golden rod are boiled and used to dye the clothing.
In order to prepare the garments to be dyed a three part process is utilized. Through trial and error Suzanne has developed her own dye solutions that are painted directly onto the leaves and flowers and pressed and steamed directly onto the fabric. She also makes her own indigo dye and works with many ancient techniques such as Shibori stitching and tying to create distinct patterns onto the fabric. In order to share what she loves most, Suzanne offers small workshops in Peterborough.
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