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Natalie Chanin: Board by Board

ColumnNatalie Chanin’s bi-weekly column, Material Witness, offers a seasoned designer’s perspective on the fashion industry, textile history and what happens when love for community trumps all. This is a conversation that played out in my head countless times this last week: “I need to sit down and write the EcoSalon […]

Natalie Chanin: The Power of Making Shall Trump All Evil

ColumnNatalie Chanin’s bi-weekly column, Material Witness, offers a seasoned designer’s perspective on the fashion industry, textile history and what happens when love for community trumps all. My work in my hometown of Florence, Alabama, began as a project to make two-hundred, one-of-a-kind, hand-sewn t-shirts. My initial concept was simple: go […]

EcoSalon at NYFW: Yield’s Zero Waste Exhibit

Yield’s “Making Fashion Without Waste” exhibit, a closer look at an art and a movement. In the midst of Fashion Week here in New York, it might seem contradictory to go to a show on producing less waste when all around, fashion is flying. In eco-fashion, however, it’s always good […]

Natalie Chanin: There’s No Place Like Gnome

ColumnNatalie Chanin’s bi-weekly column, Material Witness, offers a seasoned designer’s perspective on the fashion industry, textile history and what happens when love for community trumps all. I planted my fall garden last weekend – perhaps about a month late but nevertheless, it is in the ground. My daughter has finally […]

Natalie Chanin: From Field to Fashion

ColumnNatalie Chanin’s bi-weekly column, Material Witness, offers a seasoned designer’s perspective on the fashion industry, textile history and what happens when love for community trumps all. I have always believed that as human beings, we are all born designers. We decorate our notebooks in grade school and our lockers in […]

Using Your Hands to Soothe the Brain: Part 3

The reaction to this series by women of all ages via social media has been really amazing. When EcoSalon introduced it two weeks ago, launching with Americana Couture designer and author Natalie Chanin, fashion writer and textile artist Abigail Doan, Owyn Ruck of Brooklyn’s Textile Arts Center as well as […]

Zero Waste Fashion and the Next Great War

From a wasteful fashion industry emerges the Zero Waste movement. It is said that the next great war will not be over oil, but water. So when it takes 1,800 gallons of water to grow enough cotton to produce a single pair of jeans, it is extraordinary that cloth has […]

CreativeBug Workshop: Alabama Chanin Ruffles Us Up

Natalie Chanin shows us how to make this random ruffle t-shirt on CreativeBug. Revamping your existing t-shirts is a sustainable style strategy that makes sense in the summer. From Natalie Chanin’s bestselling book Albama Studio Sewing + Design, this workshop illustrates a simple appliqué technique that uses small strips of fabric to transform a […]

Natalie Chanin: A Trip of One’s Own

ColumnNatalie Chanin’s bi-weekly column, Material Witness, offers a seasoned designer’s perspective on the fashion industry, textile history and what happens when love for community trumps all. “I can’t believe that I am doing this.” Wait. Laugh. Repeat. These were the words I kept echoing over and over again as I […]

Using Your Hands to Soothe the Brain: Part 1

Women have innately basked their brains in feel good juices since time immemorial to get through tight economic and emotional times. Though dovetailed as woman’s work and not really discussed, for centuries women have enjoyed the calming properties of knitting, sewing, embroidering or even just rhythmically folding or ironing clothes. […]

Natalie Chanin: Punks & Pirates

ColumnNatalie Chanin’s bi-weekly column, Material Witness, offers a seasoned designer’s perspective on the fashion industry, textile history and what happens when love for community trumps all. I never really thought much about what punks, pirates, and the Spanish Armada had to do with farmers markets or sustainable life until I […]

Using Your Hands to Soothe the Brain: Part 2

Last week we gave you Part 1 of  “Using Your Hands to Soothe the Brain,” featuring designer and author Natalie Chanin, textile artist and Ecco Eco founder Abigail Doan, and Jill Danyelle, Occupational Therapist and founder of FiftyRX3. When I came across this blog entry from sustainable designer and writer […]

Natalie Chanin: Sewing for Humankind

ColumnNatalie Chanin’s bi-weekly column, Material Witness, offers a seasoned designer’s perspective on the fashion industry, textile history and what happens when love for community trumps all. There was a time not so long ago on humanity’s calendar that sewing was not considered “women’s work,” but rather a tool for survival. […]

Natalie Chanin: Give the Story Time to Unfold

ColumnNatalie Chanin’s bi-weekly column, Material Witness, offers a seasoned designer’s perspective on the fashion industry, textile history and what happens when love for community trumps all. I found a letter that I wrote some years ago.  It starts like this: First, I will start with my apology: I am really […]

Natalie Chanin: Getting Undressed

ColumnNatalie Chanin’s bi-weekly column, Material Witness, offers a seasoned designer’s perspective on the fashion industry, textile history and what happens when love for community trumps all. Last weekend, I had the opportunity to travel to Berlin and speak at the Hello Etsy conference. Every speaker was incredible and the amount […]

Natalie Chanin Launches Alabama Studio Style

It’s hard not to come across Natalie Chanin’s name in the sustainable design world. Founder of American couture line Alabama Chanin, the designer is noted for her clothing as much as home décor designs and entrepreneurial joie de vivre. Huge fans, us. Blame it on her pioneering ways as a […]

A Bureau of Friends That’s Built to Last

Maria Moyer and Julie Gilhart Just when you think you’ve met the most amazing woman, three more walk through the door. In this case, I’m talking about a whole Bureau of Friends consisting of some of the smartest women in the sustainable world. When I say “sustainable,” I mean it […]

Natalie Chanin: Building Family

ColumnNatalie Chanin’s bi-weekly column, Material Witness, offers a seasoned designer’s perspective on the fashion industry, textile history and what happens when love for community trumps all. Last year, Alabama Chanin was included in the Starbucks campaign: Stories are Gifts – Share. See the video below. We met some lovely new […]

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CreativeBug Workshop: Alabama Chanin Ruffles Us Up

Natalie Chanin shows us how to make this random ruffle t-shirt on CreativeBug. Revamping your existing t-shirts is a sustainable style strategy that makes sense in the summer. From Natalie Chanin’s bestselling book Albama Studio Sewing + Design, this workshop illustrates a simple appliqué technique that uses small strips of fabric to transform a […]

Creativebug: What Will You Make Today?

A new series of how-to videos aims to inspire crafters. Sometimes its not about looking for the answer to a problem, it’s making sure you’re asking the right question. When it comes to the issues caused by our addiction to overconsumption – global warming, deforestation, pollution and animal extinction – […]

MAKESHIFT: The Fusion of DIY, Music, Craft and Humming

Fashion, craft, and design communities find Mecca in Manhattan. Tuesday night something amazing happened in New York City. More than one hundred people gathered at the Standard in East Village, a luxury hipster hotel on Cooper Square, and joined together for a sing-along and finger-knitting. Really. It happened. I was […]

Video: Handmade Portraits – Alabama Chanin

VideoThe handmade world of designer Natalie Chanin. In a feature Handmade Portraits series by Etsy we get an insider look at the handmade world of Natalie Chanin’s label, Alabama Chanin, a clothing line that is 100% completely sewn by hand by local artisans. You can learn more about Chanin by […]

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