Last night I got an email from the HarmonyArt Organic Design mailing list, and WHOA MAMA! Here are two of the four new fabrics they’re releasing, called Garden and Space Cowboy. Space Cowboy also comes in a red and green colorway. The final fabric is Fields of Honey. I’d been looking forward to that last one for quite a while.
All fabrics are 110″ wide organic cotton sateen that’s fair trade certified. Individual yards of all of these prints can be bought directly from Organic Cotton Plus, or Garden and Fields of Honey can be bought directly from our favorite online shop NearSea Naturals. It’s $20-30 per yard, but take into account the 110″ width when you’re comparing the price to regular 45″ wide fabric.
The email also announced three new colors of 110″ wide cotton sateen solids: scarlet, chocolate brown, and moonless black, and 60″ wide white organic cotton sateen.
Folks in San Francisco can now stop by Eddie’s Quilting Bee to see some HarmonyArt fabrics live and in person – and then buy them, of course – and German crafters can now order online from Volksfaden.
I also wanted to highlight a comment that HarmonyArt designer Harmony Susalla herself left on my post about consumer choices, because I thought it was just brilliant – and I’m not just saying that because she complimented my post.
The whole “better living through more stuff” hasn’t delivered on its promise. Our closets, storage units, drawers, etc. are all full and we feel burdened rather than inspired by our things.
My belief is that the new paradigm will be “better living through thoughtful (NOT MORE) things”. That’s were crafters and everyone else come in… by thinking before buying. Militant eco is definitely going to turn people off… but one on one we can make small decisions that collectively shift our world. I think it is happening and like inertia it gets easier to make bigger changes more consistently. Suddenly things that seemed like a challenge (cutting out plastic water bottles completely) become easy and automatic. The more you think about your hundreds of every day decision, the more we move in the sustainable direction.
The gifts you make like a cool fabric shopping bag (made out of an old dress?) to your mother who always chooses plastic, and the scarf you knit so you can leave the thermostat down a few degrees… these may sound simple, they are… but the potential impact I think is huge.
We didn’t get into this mess overnight and we won’t get out of it that way either… but I am very hopeful that thoughtful consumerism is our answer.
Her comments about the cascading impact of handmade things are spot-on, in my opinion. And keep in mind that her words are coming from someone who makes her living as one of the talented, creative people who we want to be employed making lovely sustainable things for the rest of us to enjoy. I focused on consumer choices and political action in my post, but thoughtful production of the kind that Ms. Susalla engages in is also crucial as we move forward.
Images from HarmonyArt Organic Designs.