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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: Pound For Pound

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 am pissed. It doesn’t happen often, but, it does happen. I grew up in cotton country. My mother and her sisters picked cotton […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Vintage EcoSalon: Using Your Hands to Soothe the Brain

Revisiting a series that launched a knitwear line, became required reading in some knitting groups, and even got a few off their meds. When we launched Using Your Hands to Soothe the Brain last January, it was with the goal of educating people about the simple mental health value of […]

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. […]

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 – […]

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. […]

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 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 […]

Natalie Chanin: One Woman’s Testament to Thread and Needle

ColumnEditor’s note: This is the first installment of Natalie Chanin’s new bi-weekly fashion column at EcoSalon. Material Witness will offer a seasoned designer’s perspective on the fashion industry, textile history and what happens when love for community trumps all. As a designer and entrepreneur in the fashion industry, it is […]

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 […]

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 […]

Green: The Color and the Cause Exhibits At The Textile Museum in D.C.

Green is a complex issue as illustrated in this new textile exhibition in Washington, D.C. There is no doubt that new directions in fiber and textile art are influencing the recent crafting and handwork surge in contemporary fashion. Makers are always swapping ideas between the realms of art and design, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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Jemima Kirke Shares Her Abortion Story [Video]

Jemima Kirke, of HBO’s “Girls” recently shared her abortion story with the Center for Reproductive Rights. Kirke’s story is similar to many women’s abortion stories as it was very difficult for her to afford the procedure. As she said: It wasn’t totally unavailable, and that’s the tricky part — there […]

Big Tobacco Sues FDA Over Labeling Requirements

Does big tobacco have a legal leg to stand on with labeling requirements? On Tuesday, big tobacco filed suit against FDA over tobacco product labeling, claiming that the agency had overstepped its authority. The lawsuit is in response to a guidance issued in March which requires that tobacco companies submit […]

A Little Bit of ’70s Home Decor that Goes a Long Way

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In the past few months, we’ve reported quite frequently that the 70s are back in a big way. While we’ve given you plenty of tips to master personal 70s inspired looks, we’ve yet to give you some fab 70s inspired ideas for the home. Well, that time has come, readers.

The Real Reason Men Who Clean the House Have Less Sex

Science says men who clean the house have less sex. Here’s why science can suck it. Back in the day—okay, 2013—a study came out that said men who do more chores around the house have less sex than husbands who don’t clean the house as much. (Can I meet the […]

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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 […]

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: 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 […]

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. […]

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. […]