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CNDS started in 2019 as a small project within Cordwainers Grow, running dye classes from a local upholstery studio and using a community hall kitchen to experiment with dyes. Once the pandemic hit and thanks to the support from Arts Council England the push to get a studio space led to the setting up of CNDS. The final piece fell into place with the support from Bromley-by-Bow Centre and Investec banks Beyound Business programme. The memtoring and grant support has allowed the studio to focus on the next steps.



Bring the art of natural dyeing and sustainable practices to the world of creative media through practice, teaching and development.


A world where gentle process and using what works with nature colours our wardrobes, world and entertainment


Debbie Mitchener

As founder of CNDS Debbie is living her dream of finally combining a background in costume and textiles with her family heritage of plants and growing.

Managing the studio, supporting other practitioners and running educational workshops is the focus of her work

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Angela Amaba

Angela is a textile artist who grew up in a tiny rural village in the Philippines where traditional crafts using natural materials were a necessary way of life. Nothings goes to waste. This ecological way of living has stayed with her and strongly influences the organic nature of her work.

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Emily Gubbay

After years working as a womenswear and textile designer across brands in London and Paris and seeing the damage caused by the industry I decided to focus on slow and sustainable practices. I offer design and production services, sustainability consulting as well as natural colours for fashion and interior and workshops. 

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Nina Beadnell

Nina has a background in textiles and art but is studying science. The combination of her artistic talents and meticulous nature is a huge asset for the studio.

Nina is learning the art of natural dyeing whilst supporting the work of the studio using her skill.

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