photo Emily Neill
‘The cloth is everything‘ and the designs created to showcase the fabric, are basic with a simple clean line. Repairable, adjustable, meant to last a lifetime, the entire garment will bio-degrade back to the earth, following the age-old ‘soil to soil’ regenerative agricultural model.
Working from the basic philosophy, that economies must support a thriving community while doing no harm, we engage a local workforce and area artisans, and look for local, pure, unadulterated, bio-degradable materials to create each garment.
Wave Weir is a clothing designer, wool mill owner and operator and freelance community developer in Seguin, Ontario, near Parry Sound on the shores of Georgian Bay. Her designs are simple, classic, unstructured pieces that are meant to showcase the fabric, last four years and accommodate body changes. Looking for a quantity and quality of local, natural fibre and materials for her clothing line, Weir came face to face with the limitations and bottlenecks in wool processing being felt by small sheep farms. Most are forced to sell their annual harvest of raw fleece to the wool grower’s co-op to be shipped off shore; or to destroy it, if the cost of transport from the farm is more than will be realized by the sale. Living in an area desperately in need of permanent year-round employment, Weir decided to start a fibre processing mill in her small community. Purchasing vintage equipment from a retired business, Weir has established a semi-worsted spinning and weaving mill, providing added processing services for area farmers as well as purchasing raw material from regenerative farms to be used in an ever-growing possibility of product.
Deborah Livingston-Lowe, Master Weaver and textile designer, is the weaving expert. She designs and oversees the production of all woven fabric for the Wave Fibre Mill line.
Deborah has her own custom weaving studio Upper Canada Weaving located in Toronto, Ontario. She produces custom woven textiles for interiors and fashion inspired by 19th century Canadian examples.
Heather Darlington is the go to person for anything fleece. She is the point person for spinning, felting and all things related.
Heather designs and produces a wide variety of knit and felted kits as well as Nuno felted silk scarves, knitted shawls, felt purses & small ornaments. Her practice includes dying and hand painting yarn.
Heather is the Mill Floor Manager. She oversees all service and processing.
The Colour Farm is an ecological family farm run by Becky Porlier in Callander, growing fresh cut flowers and natural dyes for local markets.
The flowers are grown for more than their beauty. Varieties are chosen for performance. They may be edible, an herbal remedy, a natural dye, a spinable fibre, as well as creating a bevy of beautiful bouquets.
Toronto dyer Liam Blackburn creates the colours for our Field Woollens line. He forages for natural dyestuffs, processes the plant matter into a useable form and then small batch dyes. The natural yarns and yardage are then ready for weaving and sewing.