About


Hand painted hemp & organic cotton clothing.

Designed, made and painted by Jen Farthing.

 Art and Design

In the late 1970s I studied Art and Design and Fine Art, majoring in printmaking and photography. Over the decades that followed, I designed and made screen-printed women’s fashion, baby accessories and homewares. 

In 2019, I was very fortunate to visit the Chichu Art Museum in Japan where I was deeply moved by Claude Monet’s painting, “Water-Lily Pond”.

That painting awoke my aspiration to paint again. As I stood before it, taking in the energy and entirety of colour, texture and wonder, I knew my creative expression was about to take an important new direction.

This body of work developed through the added stillness and isolation of Covid lockdown, and immersion in the natural light, colour and connection of the place I now call home, the foothills of the Otway Ranges. 

I choose to work with hemp and organic cotton for many reasons. Primarily it’s ideally suited to my painting methods and is so very wearable. But importantly it’s a very deliberate recognition and respect for our planet, and my desire to consider and care for my back yard. 

I love creating and making my unique, versatile, comfortable, free-sized and eco-friendly wearable art collection.

 

Hemp and Organic Cotton

Eco-friendly, sophisticated, modern and relaxed. 

These ancient fibres are grown and manufactured in China. The factories are members of the Fair Wear Foundation which ensures excellent working conditions and the use of solar energy.

Composition and qualities:

  • 55% Hemp / 45% Organic Cotton
  • Softens as you wash and wear. They say, hemp wears in, not out. 
  • Breathable and cool to wear in warmer weather
  • Insulates from the cold
  • Sustainable
  • Fully biodegradable

 Hemp is a highly sustainable crop with many useful by products and uses far less water and pesticides than other fibre crops.

 It is one of the strongest fibres, has antibacterial properties and is UV resistance.