Monday, May 5

*FEATURED ARTIST of the week* ~~gaiaconceptions~~



GaiaConceptions




1.What do you create?

I make eco-friendly clothing for the urban nomad. My goal with Gaia Conceptions is to create Eco Chic Apparel shaped to move with the individual contemporary woman. Upon my return from eight months traveling through India and five months living and studying Green Design in Amsterdam this collection was born. I have combined the luminous colors and nomadic needs of Indian exploration with sophisticated design, fit for the urban environment.



The quality of these garments is my biggest priority. I start by selecting the best fabric I can find, choosing only natural fabrics such as: Local Organic Cotton, Raw Silk, Wool, and Hemp. I receive my fabrics in there natural state, with no added chemicals or dyes. The first step is to design a flat pattern of the garment in all sizes. I have created patterns that flatter the figure and fit most body types easily. I want my clothing to be multifunctional and keep you feeling comfortable and stylish in the work place, a day in the woods, or a night out. All clothing is straight stitched and surged to create super durable seams and a great fit. Then comes my favorite part, color. All my garments are dyed using wonderful, low-impact fiber reactive dyes.


2.What led you to take up your craft?

I don’t think it was ever a conscious choice. I grew up in a crafty family so object making has always been apart of my everyday life. I also had a healthy curiosity for how things worked. I would take my toys apart and put them back together again. My poor easy bake oven!



I not only wanted to make a beautiful cake but I also wanted to make the oven even cooler. I think the realization was the desire to make my artistic process and final creation as environmentally sustainable as possible. My father was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when I was 10 years old. Research has linked this disease to a prepubescent exposure to an environmental toxin. Seeing the challenges my father overcomes each day living with MS has hugely impacted my desire to make my process and final creation as sustainable and eco-friendly as possible. I’m also an ecological sculptor. I have spent the last few years creating work that explores environmental issues and how cultivated landscapes are attached to consumerism, politics, religion, science, and history.


3. Which part of your work do you most enjoy?

I really love coming up with new designs. I often make things several times to get everything about the pattern just right. I also really enjoy the dyeing. I can’t wait for a little time to explore natural and plant dye processes more.




4. Which part do you find hardest?

Making the same thing over and over again. At times it can become quite meditative but also not very stimulating.


5. Where do you get your inspiration?

I’m always looking around at people and what they are wearing. I want my designs to be visually pleasing. However, I’m equally interested in how they function on a day-to-day basis for people. I want to create that shirt or pair of pants that you reach for again and again.

Also the environmental ethic that grounds Gaia Conceptions is really about good design which is ever changing. I spend a lot of time researching how to make my clothing as eco-friendly as possible. For example one of my weekend projects is to hook up these rain barrels so that I conserve more water during the dye process.



My ultimate goal is to have a living machine to clean all the water I use.


6. Do you participate in any etsy groups, and if so, which ones?

EcoEtsy



7. What's one material your shop can't live without?

My Serger!


8. What is your favorite item that you have purchased off of Etsy?

A print Gocco!


9. If I could sell one item from my shop today, it would be...

Any of them really. I guess I would prefer something I haven’t made in a while!


10. If I had enough money to pick one item on my wish list from any shop on etsy to buy, it would be...



11. What are the top three favorite items currently listed in your store?

The ones I’m wearing a lot of lately are

The Skort (long and short),

The Cowl Neck/Hood Tank, and the

Hooded T.

12. What undiscovered artisans would you recommend the world to know?

Really I recommend checking out
Green Museum for tons of amazing eco artist.


13. What is the best advice you have ever received?

Treat others as you would like to be treated and take good care of your teeth!


7 comments:

Karma by Morgan said...

I have seen her work on etsy and LOVE IT. great feature :)

BlossomingTree said...

Great feature. The clothing is really nice.

Rosebud Collection said...

What a great interview..Lovely clothes..very chic looking..

Melissa said...

Another wonderful feature. :)

picciolo said...

great feature, I love all of these clothes, I could live in them I think!
: )

Krissy said...

beautiful clothes! i love this feature on your blog.

Julia said...

Oh god, don't you want to buy your whole wardrobe? What comfy, stylish looking clothes!

DIVINE! Thank you for this interview Ms Peach!