Based: The Netherlands
Description: Lucila Kenny knew as a child that textiles was her calling. The dyeing of textiles encompasses all of her favorite life long activities: drawing, painting, coloring textiles, sewing and experimenting.
Lucila has a fascinating history that has led to her current work in textile dyeing. Lucila creates a line of plant dyed scarves, produced outside of Amsterdam in a working windmill.
After studying at Textile Design at the University of Buenos Aires, Lucila worked with textiles, starting a silkscreen printing studio, designing and printing patterns on fabrics for local studios.
Her next move was to Accra, Ghana, influenced by her mom who was living there and had brought back beautiful fabrics for Lucila. Lucile wanted to learn the ins and outs of Batik. In Accra, Lucila took Batik classes and started to produce fabrics using her own designs. Lucila also taught Batik to local children in Ghana.
Back in the Netherlands, Lucila was determined to focus on natural dyeing. She conducted an internship at Studio Claudy Jongstra where she specialized in felt and natural dyes.
Lucila's final step to date was to launch a line of hand-dyed scarves. She continues to produce her scarves using rainwater she collects for dyeing. She also uses leftover dyes for subsequent batches. Teaching continues to be a part of her career and offers very regular workshops in her field.
Social Responsibility: Natural materials, re-use, women owned, plant dyes