ThreeKingdomColors

Chaotic gardens: Fibers to Dye for

Eugene, Oregon · 50 Sales

ThreeKingdomColors

Chaotic gardens: Fibers to Dye for

Eugene, Oregon 50 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Announcement   Welcome to Chaotic Gardens! Look here for ethically-sourced goods hand dyed with selected organic materials. In particular, I use indigo, cochineal, logwood, kakishibu (persimmon) and other plant and insect-based dyes to creates scarves, home goods and more -- simple items I hope you will treasure for the skills, knowledge and behavior required to create them.

Announcement

Welcome to Chaotic Gardens! Look here for ethically-sourced goods hand dyed with selected organic materials. In particular, I use indigo, cochineal, logwood, kakishibu (persimmon) and other plant and insect-based dyes to creates scarves, home goods and more -- simple items I hope you will treasure for the skills, knowledge and behavior required to create them.

Karen Hall

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Karen Hall

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Christina Wells

Christina Wells on Dec 29, 2015

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Christina Wells

Christina Wells on Dec 29, 2015

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Jessi Grant

Jessi Grant on Dec 25, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

I bought this as a gift for my mom and we both love it! The design is unique and we love the texture of the fabric. ChaoticGardens also included background information about logwood, which was used to dye the bag. It was so cool to find out that logwood is important to commerce in Belize, especially because my family is Belezean! Communication regarding this purchase was great and I received my package in a timely manner. Thank you to ChaoticGardens for the perfect gift!

Anonymous on Apr 7, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

Awesome! Lovely scarf with fascinating information included for the amature botanist. Thanks very much.

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About

My connection to nature began with a Pink Goat.

When I was 4 or 5, we moved to the mountains of North Carolina, where we lived with my grandparents. While Mom worked (Dad was in Vietnam), Gram would toss me outside to play -- in search of the ever-elusive Pink Goat, known only by the sound of a bell around its neck. Over time, the search for this goat nurtured a love of nature that has defined my whole life. Just so you're in on Gram's joke -- the goat was the church bell just down the hill. And to return the favor, I now own a goat and you can guess her name (PG).

So, what does that have to do with an Etsy store? Well, a love of nature could not be denied and so with a return to school later in life, I found myself still seeking ways to connect to nature and to connect other people, too. Though some of my art began as a way to teach people about nature, for me personally, it represents my relationship with the natural world. I hope to always be seeking answers to questions, finding new questions to ask, but mostly enjoying how life unfolds before me.

Why Chaotic Gardens? Well, the name began with a conference I helped organize with several friends. But, it describes how I see life -- always moving from order to disorder and back around-- a state of continual growth, development senescence, reorganization -- nested, nonlinear complex systems. Here's hoping I can be resilient as long as possible in the context of the systems in which I live.

In general, the store is meant to serve as a space to sell many of the types of things that I create. But, I make things at my own pace and for my own reasons, so I won't have continual, repeated inventory (unless I decide to retire early). If you land here and don't find much, go look for your own Pink Goat awhile and then cycle 'round again.

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  • Karen Hall

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Writer, Researcher, Dyer, Doer

    Professionally, I am an ethnobotanist most interested in seeking ways to connect people with plants. Sometimes I create art. I hope these pieces are joyful for you...but also inspire you to look more closely at the natural world.

Shop policies

Last updated on November 9, 2014
Welcome to the Etsy store, Chaotic Gardens! All items found here are hand made by Karen Hall. Where possible, we use natural dyes and fibers, though we cannot always guarantee the use of organic materials (and these standards aren't necessary for every product). We do our best to support manufacturers who are as concerned with the environment as they are with humans. Where possible, we buy fair trade products for use in the creation of our items. Additionally, we work hard to insure minimal impact on the environment and to create items that give you a sense of connection to the natural world. That said, many items simply aren't available locally and thus, shipping is required. Though this increases our carbon footprint, we pledge 1% of our proceeds toward reducing that. For details on what these things fund, please convo me.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Of course, I want you to be happy with whatever you buy from my store. However, keep in mind that hand dyed items, by their nature, are uneven in color and variable in pattern. Also, though I do my best to remove external dyestuffs from the material, you may occasionally get bleeding onto another fabric. Generally speaking, this washes out with ease.

Refunds must be returned within thirty days after the date of purchase. Afterwards, no refunds are possible. Refunded amount will deduct shipping costs. For textiles, please pay close attention to the care instructions provided with the item. We cannot refund for items that have clearly violated these instructions. NO refunds on items that have been washed or dry cleaned.
Payment
Payment is due at the time of the order. Price listed does not include shipping unless otherwise noted. Orders may be cancelled within 48 hours, but do incur a 10% restocking fee. Since orders go out within two days, it is not possible to cancel after this time. If you want faster shipping OR shipping outside the US, please convo me for additional charges.
Shipping
I ship all items by priority mail. I may be able to accommodate faster shipping, but please convo me first. Orders outside the U.S. are required to communicate with me prior to purchasing so that we may settle shipping costs in advance of the order.
Additional policies and FAQs
Please convo me for custom orders. Custom order ideas include dye-patterned fabric for quilting, other clothing (these accepted with certain caveats), bridesmaid gifts, gifts for the bride, wedding favors, etc.