botanical colours

Colourist and organic artist Catherine Lewis hand makes her healthy inks, cloths and prints at her workshop in Cardiff, Wales. Inspiration comes from the natural beauty, foraged materials and post-industrial vistas of her native Welsh landscape.

Her work combines sustainable and recycled materials with both traditional and contemporary techniques.

Ink test with ochreThis is sumptuous, eco-conscious art, fashion and home goods that don’t cost the earth and are actually good for you! They incorporate Ayurvedic healing plant properties – Ayurvastra is a part of the ancient Indian Vedic system of healthcare, meaning healthy clothing. When worn or used next to the skin, these special fabrics, imbibed with essences, can deliver their medicinal plant benefits. Each item is hand-made, so every item is unique and has an essence of the place, materials and time of making.

Watch Catherine make her walnut ink on the BBC Countryfile Autumn special.

Catherine is able to dye and print a wide variety of materials. She is highly skilled in colour matching and has an extensive knowledge of the various dyes and fibres required to achieve the best results. Catherine can also teach you to make your own healthy, organic inks, textiles and papers on a workshop – online, at her Cardiff studio or in your own setting.