fashion | SALT SPRING ISLAND, BC
"My name is Hannah and I’m the face and hands of Honeysuckle Gathering.
Growing up I was unschooled on a small Island in British Columbia. Around 10, I started to teach myself how to sew at an old knee-pedal machine. I began by altering second hand clothing and making myself bizarre dresses out of miscellaneous fabric scraps. I learned through trial and error, and when I entered high school at fourteen, I was definitely known for my odd, extremely “handmade” aesthetic. Aside from a textile class in high school and a few mentors here and there, I’ve never had formal sewing training and have come by most of what I know through experimentation and google. I’ve explored many different textile arts over the years, but always find that I am the most inspired by sewing with unique, reclaimed materials.
My inspiration comes from nature, and with that love, my intention is to practice my work with as much awareness and care fore the environment as possible. That’s why I choose to use only recycled, vintage, and deadstock fabrics. The fashion industry is finally becoming widely known for its unsustainable and unethical practices in regard to the environment, human rights, and animal rights. It’s clear that our paradigm and practices around fashion need to change, and my goal is to help facilitate that shift. I aspire to create clothing that is not only unique and beautiful, but also provides folks with an opportunity to align their values with their purchases. Since launching just over a year ago, I’ve received unimaginable support from all over the world, which has emphasized the importance of textile reclamation."