Shiv Textiles is an independent, Brighton-based studio closing the loop on the fast-fashion industry. We rescue deadstock yarn destined for landfill and handcraft it into fine homewares, lifestyle accessories and sustainable weaving kits for you to give a new life at home.
Let's join forces to make a positive impact on the planet, one thread at a time.
BEHIND THE TEXTILES
Craft with a conscience
Meet the maker: Siobhan Martin
Let me spin you a yarn…
My name is Siobhan Martin, but you can call me Shiv. I am the founder of Shiv Textiles, and I am thrilled to take you on a journey of responsible craft and sustainability.
At my studio, I aim to weave sustainability into the textiles industry while putting a modern spin on traditional crafts. I believe that we can enjoy quality products that we cherish while minimizing our impact on the planet.
In 2017, I started Shiv Textiles in my bedroom after working as an intern for big-name brands in the textiles and fashion industry. I was shocked by the amount of perfectly good materials going to waste, and I knew there had to be a better way. Fast fashion needs to take its foot off the pedal, and that's where I come in.
I began contacting mills and factories, buying their yarns, zips, threads, buttons, and other materials destined for landfill by the kilogram. And from these, I created the beautiful cushions, scarves, and weaving kits that you see today. The process of upcycling materials never gets old; it requires me to think on my feet and design with what I have. Every box of reclaimed materials that arrives at my studio feels like a small victory.
Buying with thought and care has never been more crucial, and I invite you to join me in honouring the lifecycle of our precious materials. Thank you for visiting my website, and I hope you enjoy my textiles as much as I enjoy creating them.