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The Full Story

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.

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Mission

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

Vision

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

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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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