Kathryn Davey is a Natural Dye Textile Studio based on the outskirts of Dublin city. We consider ourselves very lucky to have a studio in Home Studios, an old college in Harold's Cross, run by some very decent folk. From here we design & hand dye a range of natural fibre goods using only pure plant materials. We choose fibres such as linen, wool & cotton to create products that we believe are useful for every day use. We are committed to small batch, zero waste & conscious production.
"LET THE BEAUTY OF WHAT YOU LOVE BE WHAT YOU DO"
Each of our products are hand dyed using pure plant extracts and natural dyes resulting in textiles that are natural, sustainable and non toxic to you and the environment. We prepare everything in house for dyeing by removing any residual oils or waxes left in the fibres. We then create dye baths using tested recipes & dye each piece by hand until we achieve the colours we want. The pieces are then laundered in eco friendly detergent, checked for consistency & dried. We use natural dyes such as Cutch ( one of our favourites ), Madder, Indigo and a selection of Tannins. We work with metal salt mordants such as Iron and Alumn to expand our colour palette, increase colour fastness and to achieve consistent results. With our focus on sustainable production we eliminate harmful waste created by modern synthetic dyes.
I am a self taught designer and natural dyer living in Dublin, Ireland with my three amazing daughters. In my twenties I went to California & ended up staying much longer than expected! I lived & raised my daughters on the west coast in both San Diego & San Francisco. It was in the North Bay where I first started becoming curious & experimenting with natural dyes. I spent my time working, teaching yoga & occasionally teaching natural dye workshops at Handcraft Studio School in the East Bay of San Francisco. Unbeknown to me at the time I was building my confidence in teaching & learning how to share what I loved with others. In 2015 after a serious of very unfortunate events myself and my daughters returned home to Ireland to rebuild our lives & start anew. It was during the first two years of returning home that I committed to building a business based on sustainable production through natural dyes. Since then I have been working hard to create & establish what you see.