A FUSION OF NATURE, SUSTAINABLE LIVING & EXPRESSION
Wild Thorn Boutique is a curation of artisanal designs inspired by Africas divine scapes to adorn your Sanctuary (home) & Yourself. Online Shop & Boutique at The Earth Shed in Southbroom, KwaZulu-Natal.
Visual designer , Textile Designer & Seamstress, Kelly Rowlands aims to build a bridge between Art & Sustainability.
Her Home Decór range by explores a variety of Traditional resist-dying techniques including Shibori (Japanese resist dying technique & African mudcloth making with foraged earth and plants, botanical imprints and blockprints with waterbed inks.
All to capture the essence of natures divine intricacies, Africa’s land & culture & Bantu symbolism that arouses your personal taste and expression.
Our Closet signature collection focuses on creating simplistic timeless and soulful skins with plant based fabrics that inspire your Goddess Spirit. Your Aphrodite, your Venus, your Lilith. YOUR Wild Woman.
All products are crafted with an array of plant-based materials such as Hemp & cotton canvas & linens, 100% cotton Bull Denim sourced from Zimbabwe, 100% Cotton muslins, Ramie, Rayon. In co-creation we have a Handwoven Range (All woven with Ilala palms & Sistal Leaves) in support of our local ZULU ladies and communities in KwaZulu -Natal.
Every piece is an work of Art and Soul - encoded with than abundance of passion infused into the very fabrics you see before your eyes.
HOW WAS WILD THORN BORN?
Wild Thorn was birthed as a one woman business whilst I was studying Visual Communication Design at Stellenbosch University and continued exploring my muse with creation, textiles & nature after I graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts. Finding my ground, I worked at my home-based studio in Cape Town doing freelance graphic design for local small businesses, photography, growing my seamstress skills and textile printmaking.
With passion fuelled by destiny and a love for sustainable living we fully established our boutique at The Earth Shed in Southbroom, KZN in 2020.
Wild's Shibori collection
Harmonising raw aesthetics and lifestyle design, my hand-dyed collection explores the conversation between the intricacies and beauty of human / nature through the use of a modified version of Shibori - a Japanese resist dying technique.
Shibori is a process of manipulating fabric by twisting, bunching, binding, wrapping, twisting and stitching and binding, Once the bundles are bound, they are then dipped into a dye bath where an alchemic fusion happens to create the mysteriously, organic, surreal
patterns, echoing lines and forms found in the natural realm.
This process brings forth infinite variations within repetition, giving the pattern a liveliness that is difficult to imitate with machines – a slight change in fold here, a shift in thread there, a splash of colour here. Each piece has spirit of it's own.
about the process
Hemp & Organic cotton fabrics are first scoured to remove unwanted wax-like dust particles, then soaked in soya milk/vinegar(mordant) to treat the fabric. Whilst the fabric is being prepped, the colour is brewed for a few hours to desired hue. Fabric panels are then cut to desired size.
The wildly organic patterns are created by manipulating the fabric by twisting, bunching, binding, wrapping, twisting and stitching.
I love using such tools as a meditative journey to interweave feelings, thoughts, emotions and senses into the very fabrics. Surrendering to the process. Once I started to fully surrender to the process without those restrictions, I tend to conjure up focused beauty, leaving me with an internal satisfaction - exceeding far beyond intention. This is where my name “wild” originates from. Tapping into the infinite sources of the intuitive & creative flow. Allowing it to be natural, organic and untamed.
The fabric bundles are then emerged into the dye baths for hours or days. The fabric is then unbound, washed, hung to dry and then made into beautiful functional works.
Dye mediums include: beetroot, cabbage, black beans, spices, onion leaves, rusted irons and earth-friendly dyes .
If you are a retailer/ business looking to stock my products or looking for something specific? Please feel free to contact me and let's make some magic happen!
I'm also open to collaborations and POP-UP events!
hemp is low-impact
upon the environment
naturally neutral tones such as creamy whites, greys, browns and blacks.
retains dye extremely
type of ‘bast fibre’ derived from are made from the stalks of the ‘cannabis’ plant.
produces twice as much fibre than cotton yield from the same size land
3 x the strength of cotton
breathable and wicks away moisture
anti-bacterial & anti-allegic properties
anti-mildew & mold resistant
a weed, that grows densely & chokes out competing plants
reduces pests / no pesticides
needs little land & water to cultivate
Wears in, not out!
gets progressively better with time
What makes it a more sustainable option?