Category: Hemp Trailblazers

Interview: Lisa Weizenmuller – Founder of ‘iisa’

 

Hemp is the strongest, most durable, longest lasting soft-fibre on the planet. Just another one of its many incredible properties, hemp can be used to make an amazing array of textiles including clothing, baskets, sails, ropes and comfortable eco-friendly bedding. We caught up with iisa founder Lisa Weizenmuller to discuss her background, why she uses hemp to produce bedding and what the future holds for iisa, enjoy!

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Can you please tell us a little about your background and how you got into bedding design?

Having worked in design rooms for the past 12 years there has always been the prospect of doing my own brand. iisa is the final result of many years of dreaming morphed into actually doing it.

Bedding was a simplistic way to launch the brand with minimal development and filling a hole in the market that existed for Hemp bedding. Also learning to work with Hemp as a fabric with a simple product.

“Hemp is incredible. It has the potential to change the world.”

What is the story behind iisa, how did it come to be?

iisa is my creative platform. I wanted a place where I was able to express myself and iisa is the result of that. I have been a part of projects in the past both with friends and solo though until now nothing has really felt aligned. It’s all learning, and every step of the way has led me to this point.

What made you decide to use Hemp as the primary material?

Hemp is incredible. It has the potential to change the world. Google it, it is truly amazing what it can do, or rather what it can’t do! Hemp can be made into anything from food through to plastic!!

How do you find working with hemp? How does it compare with other materials you have worked with?

Hemp is interesting, it is a very raw fabric with a very natural feel and therefore needs to be elevated through its make and finishes. Personally, I love the resonance with the fabric, it just feels different.

I have always worked with silks, lace and really high-end fabrics so it’s nice to work with the rawness that is Hemp. In saying that Hemp can be blended with any fibre to create really unique textiles.

iisa currently only produces bedding, do you plan on producing any other hemp products in future?

Yes, there are currently a few happenings in the pipeline, I don’t like to talk too much about these things until I have completed them and can hold them in my hands.

All will be revealed.

“I believe in minimising our impact on this planet by coexisting with nature.. Consume less and educate yourself around what you are consuming.”

We love the colours you use for your linen! Do you dye your materials yourself and what process do you use?

The dyeing process occurs in our factory using all EU approved dyes with no harsh chemicals and a very strict wastewater management policy in place.

What are some of iisa’s core values/practices you intend on revisiting and developing on as the brand evolves?

I believe in minimising our impact on this planet by coexisting with nature. There is no need to deplete our natural resources the way in which we are as a collective. There are so many alternative ways to produce all that we ‘need’.

Consume less and educate yourself around what you are consuming.

What does 2019 have in-stall for iisa?

A lot, hahaha.

2019 will be a really big year for iisa releasing new product lines and forming an identity in the Australian and international markets.

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Want to know where you can get your hands on iisa’s dreamy bedding? Follow their journey at iisa Instagram and www.iisaintl.com

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Interview: Tegan Scates – Founder of ‘High on Hemp’ and ‘MaMilk’

 

In all new and growing industries, having young voices championing and leading the charge is necessary to help both build industry credibility and help educate the masses – Tegan Scates is on such a mission. Founder of ‘High on Hemp’ and ‘MaMilk’, Tegan dedicates her time to helping spread word about the incredibly diverse cannabis plant and managing her various start-ups. In this interview we asked Tegan about her background, her views on the current hemp scene, and about her exciting start-ups. Enjoy!

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Please tell us a bit about yourself, who is Tegan Scates?

The Queen of all things green! Anyone who knows me would say I’m passionate about my work, I rarely clock off. Not only do I spend my days trying to find new ways to live more sustainability but I also love encouraging others to do the same. I love what I do but in my downtime I spend my days exploring documentaries, whipping up baked goods in the kitchen and unwinding with my loved ones.

How did you become involved in the hemp scene?

I was introduced to the industry by a hemp farmer. My prior lifestyle consisted of mass amounts of fast fashion, chemical-infused products and an overall lack of appreciate for the world in which we live in. Cannabis became a gateway for me to learn more about the bigger issue at hand – sustainability.

How would you describe the current hemp scene in Australia?

Growing faster, day by day. A year on since legalisation we are only know seeing truly innovative products hitting the shops for consumers to try. Hemp is not only being incorporated into the foods we eat but the homes we build, the clothes we wear and the beauty products we use. I’m incredibly excited to see what the future holds as more infrastructure is put in place for us to grow this industry in Australia.

You are the founder of ‘High on Hemp’, please tell us about this platform and your intentions for starting it?

High on Hemp’s main goal is to raise awareness of the cannabis plant and define ways in which it can be used in our daily lives. When we started most people associated hemp with tide died t-shirts and smoking objects, we wanted to bring class back into the industry by showcasing hemp products in their truest form. Nearly two years on from our launch the business has evolved into not only a brand advocacy platform but a full service marketing & advertising agency for the cannabis sector. We work directly with our client partners to execute marketing campaigns and to raise brand awareness.

“Hemp is not only being incorporated into the foods we eat but the homes we build, the clothes we wear and the beauty products we use. I’m incredibly excited to see what the future holds as more infrastructure is put in place for us to grow this industry in Australia.”

What are the most common misconceptions you find when explaining hemp to the everyday consumer?

I can easily say that the most common misconception is the benefits of hemp due to its closely associated cousin. To be honest we can’t blame people for that either. We are really only seeing a push in education now. We are still learning everyday about the power of cannabis and what it holds for not only us but for our environment. We are taking a step in the right direction with mass media covering the ins and outs of what is happening around the globe.

You have recently launched the amazing looking MaMilk, a hemp milk company. What are the benefits of hemp milk, and where do you see hemp milks niche in the dairy-free milk market?

Thank you so much. This project has been in the works for a long time and we are so excited to bring it to market. We wanted to make sure we had a solid supply chain and that consumers were ready for a product like this, timing is everything!

The alternative milk industry has been rapidly expanding in Australia over the past couple of years as more consumers are opting for plant-based lifestyles. Hemp milk contains calcium, protein, essential vitamins plus the added benefits of omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acids in the ideal 1:3 ratio. This milk is made for everyone and it comes with the same familiar wholesome feeling that we have become accustom too.

 

Where did the name ‘MaMilk’ arise from?

“Ma” means hemp in Chinese! Hemp has been instilled in their culture for thousands of years and we wanted to shine the light on that in our branding.

You are launching with two varieties of hemp-milk, do you intend to expand MaMilks range of milks/products in future?

We sure are, without giving too much away our next flavours will include almonds & coconut. They are just as delicious as they sound, trust me!

“We are still learning everyday about the power of cannabis and what it holds for not only us but for our environment.”

Where do you see the hemp industry heading in the next few years?

The possibilities are endless. The CBD market will be the next big wave. We are already working with products which use hemp extracted whole-plant cannabinoid formulations. We just need to remain patient and work with the legislation which is currently in place. We don’t need anything slowing us down!

Where can people find out more about your various projects?

I’m bursting at the seams to tell you more about some of the projects we are working on. Hint – We are currently designing the first cannabis related billboard in Australia (crazy!). Follow high on hemps journey at @highonhemp or www.highonhemp.com.au and MaMilk at @mamilkco.

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Interview: Sofia Tomkins, Founder of Eco-Conscious Clothing Label – ‘Lilla by Fia’

 

 

Did you know hemp fibres make an incredible clothing material? Super durable, absorbent, and softening with wear, hemp clothing has many benefits and has been utilised as a material for thousands of years. We caught up with Sofia Tomkins, the founder of the eco-conscious clothing label, ‘Lilla by Fia’. Sofia creates beautiful pieces using a blend of organic cotton and hemp which she then colours using natural dyes.

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What inspired you to start Lilla by Fia? 

I visited a small village in Thailand named Pai where I learnt to dye with rocks and other various foliage. I was fascinated with the process and wanted to learn more.

I had already dabbled and experimented with natural dyes previously but I didn’t really know what I was doing. The trip made me realise I wanted to create my own label focusing on ethical and conscious fashion. I then began experimenting with all sorts of dyes from coffee, tea, turmeric and rock just to name a few and that’s when I fell in love with avocado seeds.

What made you decide to use Hemp as a primary material in your clothing?

As you know, hemp is the most sustainable fibre. The fibre is durable, absorbent and softens with wear. The fibre requires little water, limited pesticide and herbicides, and grows at a fast rate. Organic cotton is woven with hemp for a more comfortable and gentle feel. I wanted to create a label that gives back to Mother Nature.

How do you find working with hemp as a clothing material?

Hemp is a wonderful fibre to work with. The fibre is not only great to sew but it takes on the colour really well. The avocado seeds produce a soft dusty pink whereas the lentil dye is a soft plum shade. Both are similar in colour but have slight variations.

What are the advantages of using natural dyes and do you have any favourite natural products you use to produce the dyes?

This season for Autumn/Winter 2018 I am dying with lentils. Lentils produce a soft plum shade when used as a natural dye. I have used avocado seeds in previous collections as well. Both lentils and avocado seeds are a by-product which creates zero waste in the dye process. The benefits of natural dyeing is it won’t harm the earth and is gentle on your skin. Most conventional dyes have harsh chemicals which run off into waterways contaminating drinking water and oceans. I dye the garments in batches on a small scale and use the dye bath once I have used the colour to water the garden.

“As you know, hemp is the most sustainable fibre. The fibre is durable, absorbent and softens with wear. The fibre requires little water, limited pesticide and herbicides, and grows at a fast rate.”

Are there any downsides to using organic materials and dyes in your process?

Natural dyeing is a slow process and requires constant attention. I soak the lentils and heat the dye bath until it reaches boiling point. I then let the dye bath cool and submerge the garments which are soaked overnight and hung on the line to dry. The entire process takes 3 – 4 days that’s just dyeing alone. This doesn’t include cutting, sewing and finishing each garment. The entire process is long, the natural dye will never produce the same colour so every batch is unique. That’s why we love it.

Lilla by Fia currently only produces clothes for women, do you plan on producing clothing for men at any stage? 

I’m focusing on women’s clothing at the moment but I have made a unisex t-shirt in the past. I would like to make menswear but it’s just finding the time.

What does 2018 have in store for Lilla by Fia?

I want to focus on stocking Lilla garments in stores across Australia. That’s the plan for now but who knows what the future may hold. Most of all I want to keep doing what I love.

Follow Lilla by Fia

To keep track of what beautiful pieces Sophia is creating check out the links below!

Lilla by Fia Website

Lilla by Fia Instagram

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