My line of clothing was born out of my inspiration of indigo dyed fabric. For centuries, dye from the indigo plant was one of the only ways to create blue fabric and was a staple of world trade. The grady bleu® name was inspired by the history and tradition of indigo blue. My initial introduction to indigo dying was through a class in the late 1970’s, and from then on, I was hooked. Not limiting my designs to the color blue, I use a core colour palette of blues, browns, whites, beiges, blacks and greys. Staying true to contemporary design, I also like to incorporate found and special fabrics as an accent in a one-of-a-kind piece.
Along with 35+ years of designing clothing, my extensive travels have given me an appreciation for clothing traditions from around the world. I have traveled to Southeast Asia, India, and Africa seeking out naturally dyed textiles and learning about the people who make them and the techniques they have used for centuries.
My clothing philosophy comes from an essential “less is more” design aesthetic, and embraces both style and substance. Focusing on quality craftsmanship, I create small collections of thoughtfully curated pieces that work together. Great care and attention is devoted to each part of the design and construction process creating garments that fit well and are able to transition, match and complement each other from season to season.
I grew up in a land of extremes: warm summers, harsh, cold winters and the seasons in between of rural Saskatchewan. I was influenced by my mother; a passionate maker of beautiful clothing. In addition to the skills that were handed down to me from my mother, I received training in fashion and surface design at Vancouver Community College, Capilano Community College, the University of Washington and Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle, as well as the University of Oregon. My training in natural dyes includes participating in workshops led by world-renowned instructors in Vientiane, Laos; Oakland, California; Seattle, Washington; Eugene, Oregon; and Vancouver, British Columbia.
I hope you love wearing my designs.