Entwine is an inclusive textiles studio where artists of all abilities explore many facets of fiber art. We have a small studio and shop in Phoenixville. Together, the artists of Entwine strive to create a cohesive body of work while teaching skills and independence for considering one's own creativity.
At Entwine, we value sustainability with the same emphasis that we value beauty. Our commitment to quality equals our passion for aesthetic. We choose our materials and suppliers based on their environmentally-minded values.
We use Venne-colcoton Unikat, a yarn from the Netherlands. Their Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified cotton yarn is purchased for many of our warps, which become our handwoven items. GOTS is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain. In addition to Venne, we use Bockens Garner yarn from Sweden. They also use the most environmentally safe practices while producing their yarn.
Our hand printed t-shirts are 100% organic pima cotton from Alternative Apparel. Their factories have the Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) certification and their finished product is GOTS certified. WRAP is an independent, objective, non-profit team of global, social compliance experts dedicated to promoting safe, lawful, humane, and ethical manufacturing around the world through certification and education.
For our linings and napkins, we use Kona Cotton by Robert Kaufman. This high quality cotton is STANDARD 100 OEKO-TEX® compliant which is a worldwide consistent, independent testing and certification system for raw, semi-finished, and finished textile products at all processing levels.
We strive to, one day, be a zero waste studio. Though, knowing the difficulties we face as a society, zero-waste is currently more of a philosophy and long term goal than a daily met standard for our artists and collective as a whole. As we sew, weave, cut, alter, print, and dye, we collect scrap materials to reuse and repurpose. A large portion of our leftover fabric bits are used to make our very lovable lapel pins; popularly pinned, not only to lapels, but onto hats, bookbags, and jean jackets. We also use scrap to make tree ornaments, coasters, twine, handles for Carryalls, pockets, greeting cards, etc. What we can not use, a good friend of our studio brings to a recycling center that handles recyclable textiles. We are trying to create processes which produce the least waste. We are altering our habits and studio-style to effect change. We know it will not happen overnight, but with one step at a time!