About (pat) Ricia 

Ricia has always been feral.  She'll confess more later. 

 Scan down for temporary bio. 

 

 

Environmental Policy

Overview of ‘Mrs Robinson Crusoe’, Hedge Row Dyeing -division

A long term on-going research and teachingproject intended to preserve and transfer knowledge of traditional techniques ofsmall scale wool fibre dyeing, specifically, using regionally occurring plantmaterials and low impact, minimal production cost systems.

Statement of objectives

To preserve, record, and transmit theknowledge of historic and innovative dye techniques.  To experiment with available plant, tree, fungiand lichen ‘fast’ colour sources as wool fibre dye.

I intend to improve my environmental performanceby:

· Reducing the amount of water and electricity consumed during dyeingpractice without affecting the quality.

· Ethically disposing of spent ‘discharge’ dye baths, and compostresidual plant waste material.

· Improving plant source locations (when possible) by clearingaccumulated debris, litter and ‘fly tipping’ rubbish while ethically harvestinga portion of commonly occurring plant material.

· Collecting wild flower seed and when possible broadcasting seed on tofreshly disturbed earth at road way verge locations.

· Propagating a domestic ‘teaching dye garden’ from seeds and selectivelyforaged roots/cuttings of indigenous plants.

· Sourcing and dyeing British Wool Yarns produced in Britain.

· Sourcing and purchasing fleeces direct from shepherds ofrare breed sheep, or coloured fleeces from self-employed shearers.

· Continuing to expand my ability to identify regional dye plants and  the locations of  locally occurring plants that might be a natural dyesource.  Minimisingthe  need for car travel by collecting in conjunction with othererrands and harvesting as much as possible within walking distance.

· Using mineral salt mordant’s commonly used in food preparation andother common household products as modifiers (occasionally using rusty iron e.g.old horse shoes/broken iron bits rust solutions to soften ‘saddening’  darken colours).

Continual Improvement

This policy is subject to an annual reviewto ensure continual improvement across all endeavours and teachingmaterials.

Environmental Legislation

Ricia is committed to preventing waste or pollution during activities, andwill comply with all applicable legislation and regulations.   

See Mrs Robinson Crusoe’s ‘Ethical harvestdirective’, at leaflet menus.(proposed)

Communicated to all

This environmental policy is communicated toall that work with or come into contact with Mrs Robinson Crusoe so that eachindividual is made aware of the objectives outlined in this policy and theircooperation agreed.

Management Commitment

The Owner/Educator Ricia, her PA and her apprentices are responsible forimplementing this environmental policy.

Signed

RiciaSaxton Banther

Mid Wiltshire – 23 September2012

 

 

Temporary Bio

 (I'm working on a serious one with affiliations, past events, etc, whatever I manage to round up for the several hats that this web site will cover.)

But for now, here is this:

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Golds / Browns / Scarlet


Navy Blue / Forest Green / Black




An Ocean Cruise

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Sunrise River Raft Float




Contact Lenses

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Expensive Designer Frames




High Performance Outdoor Wear

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Italian Wools & Heavy Weight Linen



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Wood Fire


Electricity




Tea

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Proper Coffee (not French roast)



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Ripe, Sun Warmed Berries


Fine Dining




Hill Walking

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Seaside




No Cosmetics

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Expensive Lipstick & Perfume



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Garlic & Oregano


Basil & Thyme




Golf & Bridge

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Institutionalization



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Pot Holing / Caving


Music Festival



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Acupuncture


Massage




Holidays

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Regular Sound Sleep




The Company of People Who Refer to Pets as 'Gorgeous'

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The Company of All of My Former Mothers-in-Law




Wine

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Carrot Juice




New Shoes & a New (2 month's worth of rent) Purse

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New Boots & a New-to-Me Antique Willow Basket




Theatre

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Big 'Countryside' Fair




Sweet Shop / Patisserie

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Unattended Full Skip of Household Clearance (I forage! Remember?)

This is as honest as I can get and likely more to the point than the Bio to follow :^/