Collection: Sylvia Riley Designs
Sylvia Riley is a Sydney based designer and dyer of natural textiles. She is fascinated with the process of applying colour to cloth and has spent the last 15 years travelling, learning, practising and refining the processes used in textile colouration. Her travels have taken her across most continents where she has connected with and learnt from master dyers.
Working only with natural fibres, primarily silk, linen and wool, Sylvia applies the artisanal techniques she has learnt with a twist, often combining her favourite disciplines (shibori, batik, gutta) to get new effects. Her work is influenced by Japanese and Scandinavian aesthetics.
Since 2008, Sylvia has been experimenting with natural dyes, opening up a whole new world of colour possibilities. Extracting tannins from leaves after they have been arranged on cloth offers a lasting snapshot of nature as well as capturing the beauty and scent of the Australian bush.
Image Credit: Sylvia Riley, Wool Scarf (Detail), 2019. Photo: Courtesy of the artist.