Salt + Still is committed to using only natural dyes to color pieces. A variety of plant and insect based dyes like quebracho, madder root, cochineal, and onion skins are used in the studio. Chemical-free natural indigo vats are also used including henna, fructose, ferrous and natural fermentation - these vats don't require the use of lye or other harmful ingredients.
The natural dye process is long, spanning hours to days to dye each piece. It requires both patience and an openness to experimentation.
There are clear benefits to working with chemical dyes including consistency in color, better lightfastness and washfastness, and a quicker turnaround time. The downside is the environmental impact, which is large enough to outweigh the benefits.
The choice to use natural dyes is ultimately a sustainable one but it is an aesthetic as well. The incredible colors and earthy quality that can be achieved with natural dyes can never be replicated in a lab or factory. The colors in the natural dye color palette compliment each other in a unique way. Many natural dyes are sensitive to pH changes, sunlight and other elements. These factors can cause shifts in color over time, a beautiful and natural aging process.
Salt + Still Jewelry is made with sterling silver, 14k gold fill and brass. Many of the metals used are recycled materials. Each piece is formed and hammered by hand which will create small variations in each piece.
Silk noil is the fiber used on the jewelry in the Spring/Summer '18 collection. It is a matte fiber and has a signature nubby texture. It is dyed by hand in the studio using natural dyes.
More information on jewelry care can be found on the FAQ page.
Each quilt made by Salt + Still is a one of a kind piece. Quilts are made from natural textiles, usually a blend of cotton and linen. All textiles used on the quilts are dyed by hand using natural dyes (unless otherwise noted).
The quilts are machine pieced, meaning the patchwork section is sewn with a machine. They are hand quilted, meaning the visible stitches along the surface of the quilt were all done by hand. Hand quilting is done with sashiko thread, a 100% cotton thread sourced from Japan and known for it's durability.
The batting used in the quilts is either 100% wool or cotton, never synthetic. The wool batting is thicker and warmer than the cotton batting. Cotton batting is used for throw sized quilts, wool batting is used for larger quilts ranging in size from twin to queen.
Each month one quilt is made mostly remnant pieces of fabric from other projects. This is one way the studio is kept as close to zero waste as possible.