Brinas Studio X Cup of Tea

The result of the Brinas Studio X COT collaboration is a beautiful Armchair Rosy Sky 001. The armchair is designed and developed by us, the fabric coloured by Brinas Studio is washed canvas from organic cotton and linen, and as a filling we used a combination of hemp, wool and cotton fibers. Armchair Rosy Sky 001 is available for purchase and can be shipped anywhere in the world.

Under the name Brinas Studio, we can find an inseparable and creative duo - Romana Brina Gobec and nature. Brinas Studio was created about two years ago, when Romana returned from a 6-month meditation and self-discovery retreat in Mexico.

Brinas Studio offers "ready to wear" clothes, which Romana dyes with natural colors based on her inspiration in that moment. It is also possible to order custom painting, which is often upcycle painting, i.e. the painting of vintage pieces that are ready to be refreshed due to long-term use. In addition to clothing pieces, Romana organizes workshops that offer participants the experience of conscious creation through natural dyeing.

Going back to the beginning of Brinas Studio, Romana says: “It started with an Instagram post about dyeing fabric with avocado, which I saw once by chance. From there, the research began, which is so close and familiar to me that sometimes I feel that I have found my creative “home”. Only now I slowly understand why natural colors called me – to get used to letting go of control (which you can never have completely with natural coloring), to teach me patience (because each step takes and takes) and to bring me closer to nature and myself”.

The key characteristics of natural colors are that they are not petroleum derivatives, do not pollute the environment and do not harm our skin. In addition, they bring a new dimension of color depth and intensity, as they are obtained from natural pigments and are therefore multi-pigmented, whereby it is impossible to describe the shade with just one color.

So what is dyeing with natural dyes and how does it work? In order for the colors to last, it is very important to choose and pre-prepare the fabric, whereby only natural materials can be dyed with natural colors. The material can be prepared for dyeing using various techniques (at least 8 hours and over 6 steps). This is followed by the preparation of dyes and color baths. Colors can be extracted from flowers, wood, leaves, kitchen scraps, etc. Then the painting begins. Romana says: “natural dyeing is a slow and nature-related process that involves a lot of picking, soaking, wringing, mixing, twisting, rinsing and manual work in general”.

Romana describes natural coloring as a process of learning to let go of control, as the end result cannot be 100% predicted or repeated. Every piece of textile is completely unique and unrepeatable. For COT X Brinas Studio armchair, feminine and gentle colors – pink, yellow and soft red – were chosen. Romana combined different painting techniques and used 3 different color recipes in the color palette of yellow (obtained from yellowish padlock), coral red (from madder root) and pink (from parasitic cochineal insects).

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In order to keep the colors looking fresh as long as possible, it is recommended not to leave the clothes in the sun, to wash them at a low temperature and with a pH-neutral powder. In the case of the COT X Brinas Studio Armchair Rosy Sky 001, we advise you to moisten a wet cloth with a ph-neutral powder and clean the textile with light circular movements.

Brinas Studio decor shows off  Romana’s taste, which she describes as: “a combination of carefully handcrafted retro pieces from the 50s, 60s, 70s transferred into a bright, airy, minimalist space with the addition of expressive elements from nature (stones, branches and similar) and plants (plants and plants and plants).

Brinas Studio offers a sustainable and ethical choice – local, handmade, personally processed clothing, which, according to Romana, are: “more loving towards all parts of the production and consumption chain”.

 

Thank you Romana!

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