The role of natural dyes in sustainable fashion

Find out what rhubarb, daffodils and pomegranates have in common in my blog post for the Manchester Fashion Movement.  I catch up with Natalie Linney, founder of Talie Linseed and the only person I know with a rust collection, to find out more about the role of natural dyes in sustainable fashion. You can read it here. Photo by Talie Linseed – a print made with an old rusted spring mattress, turmeric and elderberries. 

Season’s Eatings

As the chill sets in, indulging in wintry feasts can bring great comfort and joy. Embracing slow-cooked, warming, seasonal foods can allow us to feel happier and more in balance with the season.  You can discover more about the wellbeing benefits of eating seasonally and why Nigella Lawson is inspiring me to make my own pickles in my article which has been published on Psychreg.

In search of a green cure

As the bravest of the snowdrops begin to emerge, I am reminded of the sense of hope for the future that nature can bring.  I am excited to share with you an article I’ve written for Psychreg. It explores why many of us are turning to gardening during the pandemic and how this can enhance our wellbeing. You can read it here: https://www.psychreg.org/gardening-healing-space/

Losing my senses

Nothing says you are clueless about what to buy someone like a gift voucher. Normally I would consider them a last resort, yet last Christmas, I received a rather more imaginative token.  I was presented with a card with an image which looked alarmingly like a dead body. Thankfully, the voucher was not for my own funeral, but entitled me to an hour’s float in a sensory deprivation tank. You could be forgiven for thinking of sensory deprivation as the latest hipster fad to come out of the wellness industry. While I had some reservations, I wanted to experience it…