RenardEtFleur

Fibres in natural colours from backyard, field & forest

Vankleek Hill, Ontario On Etsy since 2018

RenardEtFleur

Fibres in natural colours from backyard, field & forest

Vankleek Hill, Ontario | 381 Sales

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Note from shop owner Hello! Thank you for visiting Renard Et Fleur. Please note that my shop is on hiatus as I transition to a separate online shop platform. To keep up to date about my creations, public events and shop updates please visit my Instagram page @foxprintfibres
You can contact me directly at boutiquerenardetfleur [!at] gmail.com

Note from shop owner

Last updated on 27 Sep, 2020

Hello! Thank you for visiting Renard Et Fleur. Please note that my shop is on hiatus as I transition to a separate online shop platform. To keep up to date about my creations, public events and shop updates please visit my Instagram page @foxprintfibres
You can contact me directly at boutiquerenardetfleur [!at] gmail.com

Andrea

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About RenardEtFleur

Sales 381
On Etsy since 2018

About Renard et Fleur

Not long ago, our family lived in a town of towering pine trees and ever-present birdsong. Our yard was small, yet it hummed with year-round activity: gardens that each year claimed a little more lawn space, a busy chicken coop, paths in the earth and snow that meandered between deck, shed, playhouse and sandbox, beaten down by big feet, little feet, cat feet, rabbit feet... and, as it turned out, fox feet.

In the first summer of the fox, a mother and her lanky kit visited daily. Their paths were always the same, swiftly and silently passing alongside the cedar, checking the coop for a door left open, lingering in the shadows under the boughs of the spruce to watch the hens, then slipping into the border of sunchokes, in search of easier prey. They were very bold, coming in full daylight even if we were in the backyard at quiet work or play. Sometimes a hen alarm told us of their presence; sometimes all we saw was a blur of orange and white caught out of the corner of the eye. We felt both honoured and on edge to have these creatures of wildness so close to our home.

As I got more steeped in my natural dyeing projects, I tried to think of a name that would reflect the process of capturing the colours of my landscape. I thought of the red fox, a creature that can traverse suburban and rural spaces, backyards and fields, in its hunt for food. Many of the plants it passes by in its day are ones that I can harvest for colour: spruce, blackberry, mullein, marigold, brown-eyed Susan, sumach, goldenrod... its face and tail just visible in a flash of contrasting colour, then hidden again by the greens, browns, and myriad blossom hues.

I like to think of myself as traversing these spaces, as well, hunting for dye plants with which to feed my dye pot and imprint upon the fibres with which I sew and knit. Renard et Fleur is a window into my landscape.

Here you will find natural fibres (untreated wool, silk, cotton, linen) matched with these natural colours. As much as possible, I try to source local fibres for my products. My Farm Yarns line of dyed yarns celebrates the farmers, animals and fibres of my region. Many of my colours are derived from plants I have mindfully harvested from the wild or that grow in my own dye garden. I also use some imported natural dyes that speak of the long dye traditions of other cultures.

Thank you for visiting my space!

Andrea

You can follow my dyeing adventures on Instagram: @foxprintfibres

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