sweet summer giveaway + collaboration with the bayith linens
Giveaway // Framed Florals
& BAYITh linens
a special collaboration
We've collaborated with The Bayith Linens to create natural wall hangings of natural linen + frozen flowers. It was pretty magical and now you can win one.
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Giveaway ends July 10th at 11:59pm(EST). This giveaway is in no way affiliated, endorsed, or sponsored by Instagram. Domestic entries only. Read on below for more about the process!
Since moving into my new studio in Greenpoint, I’ve been lucky to have some seriously rad & inspiring studio mates. Catherine of Bayith Linens is my studio neighbor, and most recently my newest collaborator! We have had many work days, coffees, and drinks, talking about sustainable practices in each of our respective businesses. While we work in two different mediums, our sustainable / eco friendly practices and beliefs are so similar! Using my flower waste & her linen scraps together was a natural fit!
LACIE : Framed Florals was started with the intention of saving as many flowers from the trash as possible. That means, all the flowers I receive at my studio are intentionally used and recycled. Any flowers that are in good condition for preservation go into the flower press, and anything unusable is turned into dye matter. Wilted blooms, dried petals, or flowers too dense to be pressed are used to naturally dye silk table runners / wall hangings. This means I’m able to extend the life of those flowers even further! Anything beyond that is composted. Creating a little less wedding waste, being sustainable, saving sentimental blooms, and creating art are the guiding forces behind Framed Florals!
CATHERINE: I see this leftover linen as a blessing rather than a curse. Yes, there have been moments when struggling for storage for all this extra fabric has made me question some things. Storage is no joke in NYC! Anyhow, this is the best of the best in linen fabric and I was not able to let it go to waste. Some of the ways we already use the leftovers is by packaging our products and swatches wrapped in linen bags. This takes extra time for us to make another item, but it is SO worth it. I encourage people to reuse these as bread or produce bags which makes all that extra kale just adorable.
LACIE : When Catherine mentioned to me that she had extra linen from her rolls of fabric she used to make napkins, we brainstormed interesting ways to use it. I was so happy to collaborate in giving them a new life!
CATHERINE : But, it wasn't until Framed Florals and I got to talking that we came upon the perfect creative solution for the fabric. Lacie from Framed Florals happens to be our studiomate in our Greenpoint studio and has a modern take on flower preservation.
LACIE : I used Catherines Bayith linens in two fixatives to see which one would make dyeing with flowers adhere to the fabric best. After soaking them I rolled them up with leftover flowers I had frozen and stored. (I knew having a freezer full of frozen flowers would pay off!) Each mordant chemically interacts with the flowers in a way that changes how they dye the fabric. I steamed them on the stove for a few hours.
LACIE : After letting the linen dry out overnight we had the joy of unwrapping each little bundle. (My personal favorite part!) The two batches of linen had two distinct markings left by the flowers. One batch being more speckled and denser colors. The other batch had more of a tie dye effect and the colors had more bleed to them, and more muted colors. Super fascinating since I used pretty much all the same type of petals and leaves!
CATHERINE : I love that every piece is unique even in shape and size. Some of the fabrics were long enough to just drape over the wooden dowels. These can be removed from the dowel to use as accent table runners or nightstand decor. Other smaller pieces were hand-stitched to the dowels to serve as permanent wall hangings.
LACIE : Catherine used White, Blush, and Oatmeal linens, and it was so interesting to compare the colors of the different fabrics and how the petals interacted with them. We took about a million photos, compared the color differences, and just marveled at the overall gorgeous work we had created together!