GumnutMagic

Eco-print ebooks and naturally dyed clothing

Katoomba, New South Wales | 462 Sales

GumnutMagic

Eco-print ebooks and naturally dyed clothing

Katoomba, New South Wales 462 Sales On Etsy since 2015

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Announcement   Gumnut Magic is the magic of deep nature connection, of deep love for trees and leaves and the earth. Of wearing this love, and wearing the colours of this land.

Gumnut Magic is the magic of clothing eco-dyed with natural materials and methods. Made from discarded fast fashion, upcycled into something to be loved, treasured and cared for. Clothing that is gentle on the body and on the earth.

Gumnut Magic is handmade magic. Each garment is one of a kind, with the unique shapes and colours of the particular leaves that have been carefully arranged on it. And each handmade dress has been lovingly pieced together from a patchwork of magical scraps.

Gumnut Magic is my magic. An offering from my heart to yours.

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Last updated on 14 Dec, 2018

Gumnut Magic is the magic of deep nature connection, of deep love for trees and leaves and the earth. Of wearing this love, and wearing the colours of this land.

Gumnut Magic is the magic of clothing eco-dyed with natural materials and methods. Made from discarded fast fashion, upcycled into something to be loved, treasured and cared for. Clothing that is gentle on the body and on the earth.

Gumnut Magic is handmade magic. Each garment is one of a kind, with the unique shapes and colours of the particular leaves that have been carefully arranged on it. And each handmade dress has been lovingly pieced together from a patchwork of magical scraps.

Gumnut Magic is my magic. An offering from my heart to yours.

Louise Upshall

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Louise Upshall

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Updates

Introducing... The Leaf Guide. An exploration of 25 plants that eco-print well on cotton. This ebook provides information on identifying each leaf type and preparing them for eco-printing, with beautiful photos of the results you can get. Available now!
My new ebook about eco-printing on paper is now available! It covers paper variables, different leaf types, mordanting with soy or metal, making dye and iron blankets and discharge printing. I’m so excited to share it with the world, I hope you love it!
I've been busy dyeing, photographing and listing a bunch of lovely new eco-printed baby onesies, in sizes 0000 to 00. Hopefully I have some larger sizes coming soon!
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About

The making of Gumnut Magic

All the Gumnut Magic garments begin with a gentle walk along the streets and tracks of the Blue Mountains. Collecting branches that have fallen down in heavy winds or been chewed off by cheeky cockatoos. I take them home and soak them for weeks, until the leaf essence begins seeping out and turning the water a pungent orange.

While the leaves are soaking, I search op-shops for good quality clothing and fabric to upcycle. I prepare the fabric with a simple pre-mordant, a piece of broken cast iron pot that has been soaking in vinegar. The iron helps the leaf dye hold fast and brings out more colours and textures.

When it is time for the dyeing, I lay the fabric out on the ground. I pick up each leaf individually and place it with care, to create flow and balance. I roll the fabric up and wrap these bundles tightly, to hold each leaf in place and create a clear print.

The bundles are placed in a big dyepot. I fill it with water, and as it simmers away a rich smell of earth and bushland begins to fill my home.

The next morning when the bundles have cooled, I unwind the wool and open them. It is always a delight to unwrap each bundle and see what colours and textures have emerged.

Shop members

  • Louise Upshall

    Owner, Creator

    I am an artist, voracious reader, and aspirational bushwalker. Using gum leaves to dye clothes makes my heart sing. Unwrapping each new bundle is a joy as the unique colours and textures are revealed. I'm so grateful to spend my days doing this.

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Last updated on 18 December, 2016

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Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalised orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
If there are any problems, please contact me within 7 days of receiving your order. Refunds and exchanges are only for unused items in their original condition. If an item is faulty I will refund the purchase. For a change of mind or if an item does not fit, I can exchange it but the additional postage costs will be the buyer's responsibility. To ensure a good fit, please read item descriptions carefully and check against your own measurements. I am always happy to provide additional sizing information.
Payment
Items will be shipped 1-2 days after payment is received. Let me know if you would like to pay for an item in installments and we can set up a payment plan.
Shipping
All items are shipped with Australia Post. Package tracking is available on request. Because I strive to be a plastic-free business, items will be sent in a paper or cardboard envelope without bubble wrap.

Delivery time: Within Australia, you can expect your parcel in 2-6 business days once it has been marked as shipped. Overseas shipping will be by airmail and will take 2-3 weeks, but can occasionally take up to 6 weeks depending on the customs process in your country.

International customers are responsible for any import taxes, custom duties and/or taxes imposed by their country.

I will refund any excess shipping charges above my $2 packaging and handling fee.
Additional policies and FAQs
Sizing guide: Women

Size XS
Bust 77 cm, 30 inches: AU 6 // US 2 // UK 6

Size S:
Bust 82 cm, 32 inches: AU 8 // US 4 // UK 8
Bust 87 cm, 34 inches: AU 10 // US 6 // UK 10

Size M
Bust 92 cm, 36 inches: AU 12 // US 8 // UK 12
Bust 97 cm, 38 inches: AU 14 // US 10 // UK 14

Size L
Bust 102 cm, 40 inches: AU 16 // US 12 // UK 16

Size XL
Bust 107 cm, 42 inches: AU 18 // US 14 // UK 18

Sizing guide: men

Size XS: chest 87 cm, 34 inches

Size S: chest 92 cm, 36 inches

Size M: chest 97 cm, 38 inches

Size L: chest 102 cm, 40 inches

Size XL: chest 107, 42 inches
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