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Laura Sansone Exemplifies Locavore Fashion With Her Handspun, Plant-Dyed Wares

by , 11/01/11   filed under: Behind the Seams, Features, Green Designers

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HOME ON THE RANGE

Despite its clean, modern lines, Laura Sansone’s upstate New York studio coexists with its agrarian setting in perfect harmony. The designer’s two Nigerian Dwarf goats roam freely on the 54-acre parcel of land she shares with her partner, Christopher Otterbine, an architect and principal of The Orchard Group. Inside the eight-year-old dwelling, equal parts personality and creativity abound, from collage paintings by Sansone’s father to a talking cockatoo who animates the space.

Sansone relies on her immediate environment, preferring to fuel her local economy rather than some anonymous corporation.

Instead of looking to exotic destinations for her materials, Sansone relies on her immediate environment, preferring to fuel her local economy rather than some anonymous corporation. She concocts her own natural, plant-based dyes, in fact, from flowers and berries she encounters on her walks or agricultural scraps from her neighbors. Each month brings a fresh palette of colors from the changing foliage, providing Sansone with a bounteous supply of inspiration.

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