Hi and Welcome!
I'm Melba: a Chilean - Australian Artist, Textile Nomad and Natural Dyer
Thank you for being here.
My creations are collections of experiences that I have gathered on my journeys around the world.
In 2011 I ran my own clothing label in Sydney, Australia. After 3 years, my heart longed for an adventure to discover something new.
So, in 2014 I went on a solo journey to see the world where I learnt more about textiles and designs. During those years as a textile nomad I was fortunate to live in different parts of the world. I immersed myself in communities where I discovered things that I couldn’t have learnt in a traditional school.
My passion for natural dyes started while on the road, but it wasn't until I settled down in Western Australia that my creative process began to bloom.
These days I’m living in Perth creating, experimenting and continuously learning this fascinating art of natural dyes.
COLOURS OF THE EARTH
Botanically Dyed Silk Textiles
My brand is borne out of values of sustainability, slow life and as a medium to connect with nature.
I believe that every creation should have a purpose to exist. My creations are born to strengthen the bonds between humans and the natural world.
A small detail like a naturally dyed silk scarf that carries extracts of plants within itself, can remind us that we are part of nature.
COLOURS OF THE EARTH are my silk textiles. Each one of them has been handcrafted in Western Australia.
All their colours are extracted from nature, through a very delicate and ecological process of natural dyeing.
Their unique patterned designs are a combination of ancient and contemporary techniques. These include:
Hand painting using plant-based pigments and natural brushes on the silk.
Shibori is a resist dyeing technique that by stitching, binding and clamping the silk, creates patterns.
Ecoprint is transferring the hues and shapes of leaves, flowers or fruits onsilk by wrapping the fabric with the plants and then steaming or boiling them.
The possibilities are endless, but the result is as unique as nature itself.