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, a Canadian designer living close to Georgian Bay, designs for the cloth that she uses. Owner and operator with her own line of designer clothing and accessories Wave Handmade.
Simple, classic, high quality clothing that is all about the fabric.
Her need for a reliable source and volume of unique, chemical free, locally produced, textiles lead to the establishment of the mill project.
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 Handmade 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 has her own flock and studio, Pondering Rock Farm, in nearby Rosseau. She 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.
The Colour Farm is an ecological family farm run by Becky Porlier 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.
The Sustainable New Agri Food Products and Productivity (SNAPP) Program