Bristol & Somerset-based enterprises Botanical Inks, Dash + Miller Ltd, The Bristol Weaving Mill Ltd and Fernhill Farm, join forces to produce the Bristol Cloth:
Botanical Inks: Babs Behan
Bristol based Botanical Inks natural dye studio, founded by Babs Behan, uses natural pigments & materials to make biologically nutritious designs as part of an eco-centric creative process.
Botanical Inks prioritise using local organic heritage plant dyes and materials to create colourfast textiles without the use of toxic synthetic chemicals or heavy metals.
Babs Behan is responsible for producing the Bristol Cloth project.
Botanical Inks create naturally-dyed yarns, to complement the beautiful un-dyed fleece colours supplied by Fernhill Fleece.
Bristol Weaving Mill: Franki Brewer and Juliet Bailey
The Bristol Weaving Mill Ltd. is a new production sampling facility specialising in the production of high-quality woven fabrics based in the heart of St Philips, Bristol. Launched in 2015 by Franki Brewer and Juliet Bailey, owners and directors of internationally renowned Bristol based woven textile design studio Dash and Miller Ltd, the Bristol Weaving Mill serves both local, UK and international clients within the fashion and interior industries.
The Bristol Weaving Mill Ltd is working alongside Dash and Miller Ltd to design, develop and produce the Bristol Cloth to the highest possible ethical production standards and the lowest possible carbon footprint. Designed on hand-operated weaving looms in the Dash and Miller Ltd studio in collaboration with the Bristol Textile Quarter and local community, the fabric will be woven to order at The Bristol Weaving Mill Ltd on the first industrial weaving loom to open in Bristol in 90 years.
Fernhill Fleece: Jen Hunter and Andy Wear
Fernhill Fleece and Fibre employs a best practice guide to growing and harvesting British wool, encouraging wool production from commercial farmers close to Bristol and the South West who are committed to transparent holistic management standards. Growers are mapped to offer full traceability and new methods of extracting the best fibres at shearing (such as pre-lamb blade shearing and Autumn shearing of lambs) will be promoted.
Fernhill Fleece Standards ensures that the raw fleece supplied for the Bristol Cloth is colour coded, graded and sorted to ensure consistent length and strength, whilst gentle washing retains natural fleece structures during yarn production.
Bristol Textile Quarter and Working Wool: Emma Jane Hague
Founded in 2014 by Emma Jane Hague, Bristol Textile Quarter CIC (BTQ) and as a Fibershed affiliate for SW England is dedicated to supporting Bristol's textile community and building a more resilient local textile economy in the South West. BTQ provides access to workspace and equipment as well as the space and opportunity for local textile makers, designers, fibre farmers, students and graduates alike to meet, connect and forge meaningful collaborations.
Emma co-founded the Bristol Cloth project with Babs Behan in 2015 and has since withdrawn from the partnership to focus on building the SW England Fibershed.