Hi, I'm Liz and welcome to my world of Flaxen linen. Thanks for taking the time to view my website. As you probably know, New Zealand went into Covid-19 lockdown in March this year. During these six weeks, I stayed at home, slowed down, spent time with my big and little boys, while teaching my tertiary students online. And as if I wasn't busy enough, I had to add something else to the mix. Making a website for my little business! It felt like a really big deal at the time but I have to admit it has taken me a bit of time to build up the courage to write my first blog.
I have been sewing linen clothing for a few years now, mainly selling at markets and stocking a few local shops and collectives. I do it as my 'side-gig' and it is a nice contrast to teaching academic writing which is my main job. I work alone in my home studio(what is like a big playroom/huge bedroom) when I can fit in some sewing between work, school drop offs and sports practices. I started Flaxen linen because in this time of fast fashion, I want to help turn the tide... natural fibres are so much better for us and our world. We also don't need lots of clothing - I am not suggesting doing a Marie Kondo and clear your closet(that is not good for the environment either) - but careful considered buying of quality clothing or decent second hand clothing works. There are too many ethical issues in the clothing industry that we can't just ignore - whether it be people, animals or the environment. It is also so easy to be tempted by trends and advertising so let's flip that around - we don't need to fit trends at all - we make our own by focus on what we want to wear. I think that the older I get, the more I am aware of what I want to wear and what I I feel comfortable in.
I am hoping to load some more stock onto the website in the next week as I build up my current stock so I would love to get feedback from you about what you like to wear. My instagram feed probably gives you the most information about what I make, with only a little selection up here on the website.
Thanks for tuning in. Liz xx