Studio Kelsey & Kathryn Davey
This Friday the 25th, in collaboration with my dear friend Kelsey we are launching a very limited line of naturally dyed jumpers. If you're not already familiar, Kelsey is the talent behind the Knitwear brand known as Studio Kelsey.
Myself & Kelsey have been friends for years and talked about collaborating for quite some time. Her recent move back to the U.S. was the catalyst for bringing this wonderful collaboration to life. If it was going to happen, it had to be done before she left! Somehow in between packing up the contents of her Irish life & moving countries, she managed to make the time to see this to fruition.
The sweaters are knit from beautifully textured merino wool & naturally dyed in two contrasting shades. Kelsey knit each panel of the sweater, front, back, neckline, and then sleeves. I took them to the studio where they were scoured (cleaned) & mordanted (soaked in a natural solution that helps the dye bind to the fibre). Once they were mordanted, I created two dye baths, one from rhubarb root and the other from areca nut. I dyed the main body yellow and the sleeves in a soft earthy tan. Each jumper has come out slightly different to another with no two being exactly alike. Once the pieces were dyed, washed and dried, I brought them back to Kelsey where she worked her magic, linked them up and made them into wearable pieces.
The sweaters will be available for purchase this Friday the 25th from noon.
If you'd like to see more of Kelsey's beautiful work, check out her website: studiokelsey.com.